Bring on the tulips! An icon of early spring, tulips are cherished for their beauty and elegance. As you might guess, the flowers symbolize rebirth and renewal, giving us a much needed fresh start after a long winter.
In the language of flowers, petal color also has a distinct meaning. White tulips symbolize peace. They also symbolize honor and forgiveness. And dreams about white tulips mean you're about to experience a new beginning.
The white tulips you see in a few of my recent paintings weren't planned. Having them take shape several times makes me wonder about the subconscious mind. As with all of my paintings, I don’t begin with a certain thought, sketch, or direction, but with being open to the emergence of something unexpected, unexplainable.
It's fun to see what happens. The above painting. "White Tulip," is an exclamation of gestural lines, shapes, and brilliant colors bursting with energy and life. In the paintings below, white tulips calmly appear in a satisfying tangle of loops and curls.
Having only recently noticed the three paintings all had white tulips in common, of course I'm thinking, "White tulips, eh? Is there someone I need to forgive, or worse, something I've done that needs forgiving? Or is this a simple desire for peace and renewal? Hmmm."
I'll keep thinking about it and let you know.
Spring tickles my wild side. I hope it gives you the urge to create something or plant something or just do a little dance and be embraced by the energy of the season.
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Artist and naturalist Michelle Louis has a vigorous curiosity about the natural world. Her energetic, investment-quality paintings bring balance and harmony
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