This is 16x16 oil I started way back in the early fall. I really wanted to do a square paintind with the flower pretty much encompassing the whole thing and positioned dead on in the middle. This one was quite a little bugger with so many petals. I would work on it for a couple of days and then set it aside for a time, then go back to it after a bit. Every time I would walk into my art office and see it sitting on the easel, I would be reminded of fireworks in July, thus the name.
My sixteen year old daughter, Shelby, who is always sweet and brutally honest, nicely hinted that maybe she would like to see something other than flowers with dark backgrounds and in red and pink tones. I have been on a kick, I'll admit. The flower thing is what I love - so chances are this one isn't the last flower she will see. But I am working right now on a couple of paintings that definately stray from the color palette I am usually drawn to. We'll save those for a future post.
Until then, I woke up this morning thinking about an amzing Bible verse the kids and I were reading the other day and can't help but share it!
"Who shall sepereate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, shall persecutution or famine or nakedness, or peril or sword....I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angel nor principalities nor powers, nor things present or things to come, nor height nor depth nor any other created thing shall ever be able to seperate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35, 37-39