Monday, July 26, 2010

The Rose

 Love in Any Language
 Oil on canvas, 12" x 12" x 1.5"

My interpretation of one of God's most beautiful creations. Personally I can't imagine how anyone can look at one of these and not believe in a Creator, but then at various times I have also said that about horses, dogs, cats, sunsets, rainbows, oceans, mountains - well, you know.   Psalm 19:1 says it all: "The Heavens declare the glory of God and the earth shows forth His handiwork."

Lately I have been drawn to looking at things close up. I even began a series of animal paintings called "When I Look in Your Eye."  While roses don't have eyes,  they seem to me to be more beautiful the closer you get. It may have something to do with being nearsighted.  Georgia O'Keefe developed a similar attitude toward flowers. I remember seeing a film in which she described her fascination with a Jack-in-the-pulpit. She did a series of paintings from a closer and closer point of view until she was almost inside the flower.  She was a fascinating artist, and though I don't share her style or philosophy, I really admire her talent and her "toughness," especially when she grew older.  One of the things in my "bucket" is visiting her museum in Santa Fe,  New Mexico.   But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep...

The rose is in oils on a wrapped, canvas, stretched over 1.5 inch thick stretcher bars. The painting is extended over the edges. No frame is necessary. It will be listed on Art Helping Animals and Daily Painters.

10% of the sale will be donated to Old Dog Haven.
And 10% of the sale will be donated to Children's Cup Relief


Lee said...

Oh so delicate and beautiful...silky and smooth...such a talent and so generous...Della you reflect Him in your paintings and your generous heart... bravo!

dellartist said...

Thank you so much, Lee!

Sharon said...

Beautiful work, Della. Did you or have your ever considered painting Loones (common water bird in Minnesota)? We took photos of the Loones on Deer Lake, MN that had papa, mama & baby on Mom's back. Let us know if you would like a picture to review. Really beautiful and interesting birds.

Graceful Moments said...

What a beautiful rose! I love the color. It has wonderful detail but is soft and delicate. Beautiful painting!

Graceful Moments said...

What a beautiful rose! I love the color and the detail. So often when there is a lot of detail, flowers will lose their softest and fragility but you capture all of it perfectly!

Kathleen said...

Lovely painting! And so true about so many things showing the glory of our Creator =)

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

And you have shown those things with your artwork!