Painting hard feelings.

The piece I am featuring today was curative.

It let a lot of sadness out of me.

It was done right around when my father was dying, another relationship that I valued very deeply was falling apart, and another (that persevered) was greatly challenged by all of that suffering.

Like with most of the things I create, I let the feelings come out through my hand.

Artistically this one is different because I don’t do a lot of still life, nor do I do a lot of flowers. I don’t have any negative opinions about either type of painting. I just don’t like doing still life in general, and well I seldom feel like a flower is done justice in my artwork.

I do intend to challenge myself with flowers in the near term, in my personal journey I have learned to see them differently, and I am curious how that will translate through my hand.

That said, todays image is …

The Dying of the Roses

This 18×24 oil on canvas board currently hangs in my office. While it could be sold, I would have to be enticed to part with it.

Currently it reminds me how good things are, by reminding me of the darker places I have been.

If you wanted to acquire a print of it, they are available in my Etsy Shop, “Art by TSOTA” in both 5×7 and 8×10.