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Blushing Roses

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

Artist's Statement:

My mother’s favorite flower was a yellow rose. Red is by far my favorite, although I’ve never met a rose I didn’t like.

For example, I think the roses depicted above are beautiful, though they are neither red nor yellow nor even monochrome. The interplay of pink and white in the petals gives the impression of a blush – hence the name. The long stems provide color contrast – color that is darker, less variegated, and less pronounced.

Oil on Belgian Linen

24 x 36 in

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays, First Series, ch.12

O my Luve is like a red, red rose That’s newly sprung in June; O my Luve is like the melody That’s sweetly played in tune.

​Robert Burns A Red, Red Rose

What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.

​William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Act I, Scene II

The Little Prince speaking to a group of roses

You are beautiful … [and] to be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you — the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Little Prince

Art as an Oasis™

Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger

providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares

complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others.

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