A Rose in Bloom
The name, and painting, was inspired by the following quote:
“Compare the serene and simple splendor of a rose in bloom with the tensions and restlessness of your life. The rose has a gift that you lack: It is perfectly content to be itself. It has not been programmed from birth, as you have been, to be dissatisfied with itself, so it doesn’t have the slightest urge to be anything other than what it is. It possesses the artless grace and absence of inner conflict that among humans is only found in little children and mystics.” ~ Anthony de Mello
Recently, I’ve been reading a book, Stop Fixing Yourself. Growing up and well into my late 50s I was constantly criticized and told I wasn’t good enough. My mother once posted on my Facebook page that I was a failure. It was such a shock to me that I deleted it. I can’t imagine anything making me post something hurtful like that on my daughter’s social media page or anyone else’s. I’m not saying I have always succeeded, but show me someone who has. For years, I’ve been trying to fix myself. To be better. More likeable. More loveable. When my mum died in August 2022, I finally gave up the fight. I am a rose—with thorns…I’m not perfect, and I don’t profess to be. I just show up for joy, love and beauty and try to make the world a happier place. And sometimes, recently, if people provoke me, I get angry. Oh my Lord, how freeing to finally express myself more fully. I credit my trauma therapist for that. In my last session, she said, “It’s like there’s a furball in your throat chakra. I wonder what will happen now I’ve removed it?”I’ll share more in an email to my followers:) But let’s just say a lot has happened—and been expressed. Growing up I was the peacekeeper in a home that was less than peaceful. That came at the cost of truth.
“Only the adult human being is able to be one thing and pretend to be another. Think of the sad history of your self-improvement efforts—they either ended in disaster or they succeeded only at the cost of struggle and pain. You are always dissatisfied with yourself, always wanting to change yourself, always wanting more. So, you are full of violence and self-intolerance, which only grows with every effort that you make to change yourself. Thus, any change you achieve is inevitably accompanied by inner conflict. Now suppose you stopped all efforts to change yourself and ended all self-dissatisfaction.” ~ Anthony de Mello
Take it from me, it’s liberating!
I love it when a painting sparks delight. ….best feeling ever… when someone takes a day off work, especially to come and see your art in person on their birthday and says, “you make me feel so happy. I can’t stop smiling.” How many world leaders and heads of state can say that? #letsmakepeoplehappy
Flowers speak a universal language of love. A rose is a rose…she doesn’t concern herself if a cactus wants her to be something else. Layered in sultry, juicy globs of love-infused acrylic A Rose in Bloom embodies love, joy, happiness, beauty and peace.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Original Acrylic Painting on board.
The painting has been created on artist-quality 100% cotton canvas and finished with a double coat of UV resistant gloss varnish, protecting the longevity and enhancing the vibrancy of the colours.
The sides of the canvas have been painted blue-black
Comes stretched and ready to hang, or pop onto a tiny easel and place anywhere.
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Your painting will be hand signed on the front and back, with its title written on the rear of the canvas. You will also receive a certificate of authenticity.
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* Mockups for illustration only. May not be to scale