Monday, September 20, 2010

Die Traurigkeit

"Die Traurigkeit (The Sadness)"
acrylic on board
8 x 10 inches

As I mentioned in my previous post, this painting deals with the recent passing of my grandmother, Dorothy (aka Grammy). It feels like to me that the mourning (represented by the mourning dove) has a way of unlocking memories that had been dead for a while.

I was surprised to discover that the flower pictured here, the gerber daisy, actually represents sadness in Victorian flower language. Surprising to me because I always thought of it as such a cheery flower. Oh those crazy victorians.

This painting actually started as an experiment because I so rarely paint with colors, but I was really satisfied with the end result and will continue to use color in the future.

Well, the next step will be finding a cool frame for it which I'll paint to match.

This painting, along with two of my other pieces will be in a skull-themed show which I'll write about soon.

Here's some progress shots: