I painted this on Tuesday…and I’ve painted 3 more since (even on Thanksgiving but not the day after and not cuz I was shopping), but for some reason my posting has slackened off (uh, Thanksgiving?). Here the contrast of the purple rose roses and the grayish green is doing it for me. Hope you like it too and are enjoying this time of the year. The combination Chanukah/Thanksgiving is a little weird for me…but the food is the best…just prefer my feasts spread out a bit.
3 weeks and the roses are barely hanging on…the cup was given to me by a friend who has sadly drifted away… things change and not always the way we’d wish they would…Wanda Coleman, a well known LA poet, died recently at 67 and Sylvia Browne died at 77…I found out about both this weekend–no connection, just random passings…tempest fugit…I’m thinking a lot about the brevity of life lately, symbolized so beautifully by roses…the year seems to be ending no sooner had it begun. Other than that, I love the contrast of the soft pink and gray green, and the texture of paint.
An indoor set up. A cold snap and gloom in LA. (This was painted last Friday.)
Looking at this I’m reminded how taste changes as we get older. Simple things seem so much more important, and they might seem just quaint to someone younger. I remember someone saying something like this years ago when I was at an art workshop, so I was still pretty young, but obviously tucked the thought away for future reference.
I painted this on Wednesday. I have a thing for purple…even though one of my galleries told me people don’t buy purple…It’s a spiritually high vibration color…
This is from last week…and when I was looking at it the rose on the right reminded me of those pinwheels they used to put on a stick as a toy when I was a kid…is this dating me? Roses have such interesting shapes.
I painted this last week…a close up of the roses from the show.
The roses are slowly dying…and B suggested I try painting them scattered on the table…which I resisted at first, but not for long, apparently. I’ve done 3 other rose paintings, but I entered them into a show so I am holding off on posting them until I find out whether I will sell them from here or in the show.
Took the weekend off to celebrate 5 years with Bert! We went to see “Enough Said” which was terrific. The funniest part was there was a scene where they show them going to the movies–at the Laemmle on 2nd…which is where we were watching it and the whole audience cracked up.
Anyway, a race against time with these roses…I thought I’d go bigger for a change…it’s funny what you get used to…this size used to seem way too small to even deal with to me. I shot it so you can see the impasto…I always loved impasto but for some reason it’s only lately that I’ve managed to really achieve it.
One of these roses is a variegated variety…meaning it is splotchy or sort of striped. Not sure why they would breed it that way. It’s kind of showy…almost gaudy. I didn’t paint it that way…for various reasons. It’s pretty perfumey too. I wonder how many more days these roses have…on Sunday it will be a week. We’re keeping some of them refrigerated…we’ll see. ( Today is the anniversary of our first date…5 years ago…but this blog is not about that. Still, maybe it’s no coincidence that the universe showered us in roses this week.)
Through the railing I can see leaves but also rooftop so I oriented this in such a way that the gray of the roof would show instead of the leaves. I still have so many bouquets to choose from, but as you can see, I am starting to use the roses that have faded as props for the table.