I had many different ideas going into this one, but mostly I was thinking of blue-painted porcelain, which I love. (I used to have a whole set of Blue Willow, but I gave it to a friend because I also have a whole set of handmade pottery and I just had too much beautiful stuff!)
But after I put in the blue, I couldn't think of how to integrate the yellow rose. Then I thought back to the colors of the Chinese vases which I have often noticed in my art books... they add pink and green and yellow to create a little rainbow of colors. So this painting is sort of like a wilder version of a Chinese vase.
Later I came across these photos on Instagram and they pretty much capture my ideas. Or close enough.
I took a little video of myself painting one of the lines on this piece. Then when I published the video, it somehow ended up playing backward (!?) so you can experience the strangely soothing sight of me unpainting this picture.
I came up with about a dozen titles for this painting. "Blue Waves Receding." "Ripples in China." And so on.
But I like "The Tide of Love" because it reminds me of this most excellent song by the Paragons. (You may have heard Blondie's version on the radio, but trust me, the one by the Paragons is worthy.)
So if you want to be swept away by love... or maybe if, as in the song, "the tide is high but you're holding on..." then this is the painting for you. Click the button to get it!