Painting the Roses RedSave Favorites
“Painting the Roses Red” is an oil piece I’ve created as an attempt of illustrating this philosophy I follow of creating beauty out of the damaging effects of discouraging affairs; this piece being inspired by my last breakup. The wounds on the back of the subject are used as a visual manifestation of the damage left with me from the end of our relationship.
The freshest wound bleeds down the back, saturating the white rose at the waist with crimson red. I decided to channel the symbolism of the color of red in means of conjuring a loss of innocence, and a development of maturity and experience. Red roses are considered the most beautiful and classic flower on an international stance, as well, therefore symbolizing my urge to create beauty. To learn from past mistakes and create from it, I‘ve discovered that it promises the growth and flourishing essential to the achievement of one’s true contentment.
The overall composition of the piece I wanted to feel natural, but in a sense symmetrical. I have been inspired by ornamental patterns of Rococo wallpaper, for I find them to be quite elegant and melancholic in a sense. The entire movement was solely depended on aesthetics and was quite desperate for beauty, and I have extended that yearning in this piece.