Copyright Marla J. Loss, Pastel 18" x 23 1/2"
Who says you have to color within the lines? Lots of people. When I hear adults tell kids not to scribble it makes me want to subversively whisper in the child’s ear, “Yes, you can…you really can.” When it’s your picture, it stands to reason that you can do exactly what you want with it. I’m too stubborn to believe anyone who tried to tell me otherwise. Initially, I had planned to do a solid yellow over the purple background, but as I began to color over the purple the colors had this effect. This particular experiment was serendipitous, but many don’t work at all and end up getting tossed or painted over. The flower shapes came from a drawing of a bouquet that my husband gave me in our first year of marriage. The colors came from my head.
“Wow, Marla, I mean really that is the most incredible… wow. So I saw your painting and I will tell you this: there are certain things in life that when you see it, it’s like you’ve seen the best thing of something. This is the same, I just can’t tell you how amazing it is. You have your own style in there and you should do a whole series of this. Oh my gosh! This is splendid! I wish I could do a million ‘Loves’ for this!” --Robert Opel, Artist