Yellow Rose of Hope
I was inspired to paint this yellow rose at the dawn of New Year being driven by an overwhelming sense of hope for 2012. We have had a lot of turbulence in the world whether it was tragic outcomes of political and social unrest, occupy movements, ongoing economic inequalities or devastation wrought by tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and not to forget various man-made disasters. Of course, it is mostly the economic turmoil that is still a major concern and which has left many in a state of fear and despair. What the world needs is a ‘movement for hope’ that can be translated into concrete actions and solutions to make the world a better place for all of us.
In times of crisis, chaos and uncertainty it is better to invest in beauty so am doing my small part to push away those events and focus on generating “hope” with my latest painting …..” Yellow Rose of Hope“. So I juxtaposed the yellow rose against a vivid array of mostly dark colours in the background. That background is intended to capture the chaos and turbulence occurring in so many parts of the world. And that yellow rose is the focus of the painting so as to emphasize the need for us to embrace hope as we look to the future.
Life is not perfect but we should try to strike a balance between the good, the bad and, yes, the boring. Despite so many chaotic events around the globe this past year and also personal setbacks let us not cave in to pessimism. Instead, let us contribute to a future that makes it worthwhile to wake up every day with a feeling that it is good to be alive another day. Let this rose be a symbol of hope and of new beginnings for the New Year.
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