I was looking at this painting and wondering what to call it, and it seemed to me that it sort of floats tentatively in the air like a mist. It almost seems like it's not really there. And that reminded me of the way a soft whisper makes you question whether you really heard it.
The five-petaled rose is like a cherry blossom, which seems fitting since this series is inspired by Japanese crafts. The cherry blossom or sakura is a common symbol in Japanese art. Here is its meaning as explained by TV Tropes:
Cherry trees bloom en masse in early spring, usually in the month of April, but the white-to-coral petals shed and rot very quickly and the peak bloom is only a week or two. There is a celebration called hanami associated with the peak bloom, which often entails picnics and drinking with old friends under the cherry trees.
Well, that just about fits the mood of this painting, doesn't it? Romantic, yet fleeting...
So maybe you're wondering how I got this look. I mean, I didn't paint all of these little dots by hand!
I had a secret weapon at my disposal: my handyman husband gave me some of this special mesh tape for finishing drywall. It made a glorious stencil.
See if you can find the paintbrushes palette notebooks martha stewart magazine actual art (which only gets a corner of the desk) ink water painter's tape empty bottle pencil sharpener greeting card with a bunny rabbit knitting needles felt flower ball of yarn bolt-nuts pen nibs makeup (because this is also my dressing table) irrigation syringe (so handy for watercolor) seed packet tubs of paint pens compass ......
Clearly I need to declutter or something. Unlike this perfect room, which is the sort of place I imagine for this painting ...
Really serene art is so comforting, isn't it?