This one turned out a little “Pride and Prejudice” – like. Facial expressions – or the lack of it can turn a straight-forward emotional subject awry. This one less “Romance” and more “Rapture”. Kind of like a Vampire story.
I had changed the title of this painting several times, and finally come to a conclusion on it.
The word, ‘rapture’ has several categories of meaning, according to Random House Word Menu:
1. Love and Romance – rapture: ecstasy of love
2. Intuition and Imagination – rapture: powerful experience involving heightened perception and sensations, as of another sphere of existence
3. Mystical States and Experiences – rapture: spiritual ecstasy and exaltation due to knowledge of divine things.
Obviously the first category defines the subject of the painting.
Then you’d wonder why the importance of title naming the paintings when many famous artists leave their works “untitled”?
This work, in particular, I had mixed reactions. Some were saying that the ‘romance’ in this work is a twisted, like forced… not really. Rapture is a push-pull emotion, like being in love with a vampire.
Painting of Romance
“Rapture, Ecstacy of Love”
80cm x 120cm
Acrylics on Canvas
“You can say that you’re leading me on
But it’s just what I want you to do
Don’t you notice how hoplessly I’m lost
That’s why I’m following you… ” Johnny Mathis Lyrics to “Misty”