This painting is called, “Stand Tall” because of the extreme exaggeration of the flower’s tall stem.
The whole thing is stretched vertically, and one meaning behind the title is an encouragement to reach outside our comfort zones, stretching just a little farther into becoming our best selves.
The flower petals are arranged perfectly, the flower’s form proud and graceful.
The many layers of paint, thick and thin, work together to create interesting effects–tiny delicate rivulets down the canvas alongside thick gloppy drips.
As we reach the bottom of the canvas, the red drips down over an inky darkness speckled through with tiny splashes of color.
This impossibly tall flower on the narrow, vertical 3-foot canvas creates a feeling of elevation.
In the studio, you can see the painting among my other recent artwork, (bottom left) the glistening drips of paint still very wet here.
These vertical-format lotus paintings look amazing alone and together. Here they are together in the afternoon sun streaming in through the studio doors.