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When Only an Original Will Do
Title: Khrystal's Garden
Size: 4 ft x 6 ft
Year: December 2016
Origin: Original one-of-a-kind oil painting signed by the artist
Materials: Artists oils and gold leaf on Belgian linen
Framing: Unframed, ready-to-hang
Accessories: Cert of Authenticity & Thumbprint Namecard
Price: $12,500 US
This painting is six feet tall and four feet wide, and makes an impressive statement in any environment. The luxurious aqua silk robe Khrystal is wearing is embellished with metallic gold leafing on both the exterior design elements and the interior of the robe. When the light hits this painting in daytime or evening, it is illuminated with a beautiful golden glow that draws the viewer into the scene and captures the imagination. The lotus pond and cascading roses bring the colors of an exotic outdoor garden inside, and the night sky with seascape evokes the serenity of a quiet evening by the sea.
This is the third in a series of three fantasy compositions in oils with a theme of mystical, red-haired women: The Gypsy Queen, Lady of the Lotus, and Khrystal's Garden.
These three paintings represent my interpretation of The Three Graces. However, rather than representing charm, beauty, and creativity - historic attributes assigned to woman from a paternal perspective - they represent three natural phases of human enlightenment: self-acceptance, liberation, and wholeness.
Khrystal's Garden represents the phase of wholeness, depicting a kind of "opening of the Kimono" as woman embraces the totality of her being and steps into her power. She has arrived at a point in life where she is no longer willing to hide herself or deny the wholeness of who she is, for the sake of pleasing others.
In my paintings, gardens represents life - and as she stands with the limitless ocean behind her and a peaceful koi pond at her feet, she is both the creator and the creation in her life. She pauses on her path to motion an invitation to share her journey as she walks beneath the new moon on a starry summer night. Lotus blossoms float in the still waters below as symbols of transcendence, while softly-glowing candles illuminate the way ahead. She wears a shimmering, translucent gown that reveals only what she wishes to reveal, and her open robe tells the world she owns the truth and beauty of who she is.