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Light and shade (and Happy Easter)

A Rose By Any Other Name — acrylic on canvas, 250 x 250 mm, 2019. Available.

“God bless our contradictions, those parts of us which seem out of character. Let us be boldly and gladly out of character. Let us be creatures of paradox and variety: creatures of contrast; of light and shade: creatures of faith. God be our constant. Let us step out of character into the unknown, to struggle and love and do what we will. Amen.”

‘A Note on God’ by Michael Leunig

We have to start again

The Heart of a Rose – acrylic on canvas, 400 x 400 mm, 2017. SOLD

“Everything’s already been said, but since nobody was listening, we have to start again.” André Gide

This bold red rose is freshly varnished and now available on Etsy. I borrowed the rose shape from my 2014 painting Gold Medal but instead of a golden yellow, I’ve painted it red and turquoise. It’s one of my favourite colour combinations — I don’t know why I don’t use it in my art more often.

In other news, I had a successful art show over the weekend with ‘Any Road Will Take You There’ finding a new home. I went along on Friday night and was impressed with the wonderful variety of work on display.

I’m now working on a small landscape using the same turquoise as ‘The Heart of a Rose’ …but more on that later in the week.

A rose by any other name…

French Lace, with thanks – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2015

French Lace, with thanks – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2015

French Lace – reference photograph, 2014

French Lace – reference photograph, 2014

I took a few liberties with this one ― it’s really more of an abstract impression of a rose.

As you probably know, every rose colour has a meaning, and peach-coloured roses can mean gratitude or appreciation — hence the title of this mini canvas : )