I have been thinking a lot about birth/rebirth, growth, and life as the flip side of the coin I usually work with - the realms of death.
I absolutely love Botticelli’s work and I wanted to do a little tribute to it. The birth of beauty. All these soft pinks, purples and mauves are not what I usually work with so it was a challenge. I took this apart and reassembled it about four times. The painting itself is not so pink but this is what I envision when I think of the event itself so all the pinks made it in.
I wanted it to be classical but dark, soft, but briny and sea-born. I wanted the loam of the waves and the pink of the shells. There is no figure here of course, but my Venus is that perfect silvery mauve rose emerging from behind the shell. I love her.
The key thing about the painting for me is the movement. The flowing hair, clothing, the flying figures, the soft, sheer lap of the current at the shell. I integrated all this into florals to make something familiar, but new.
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