Crimson Roses at Christmas

Crimson Roses at Christmas 16×20 Oil on Panel – by Winifred Whitfield

I’m wishing you, your family and friends a wonderful holiday season – even though you may be dealing with loss, illness and separation. At the same time, I understand that in combining this season with Covid 19, or other circumstances can amplify all the emotions, be they joy, sadness or disappointment. That’s just the way it is and always has been. Tomorrow is a new day.

Basically, I’m a non sugar eater. Sweets are just not my thing. I like salty and spicy. But if I take a bite, of a delicious sweet, that will often change things and I will consume it! It’s a carb/brain thing. I’ve been given a few treats the last few days that just blew my warm socks off – so good! I ate them. There was Tiramisu cake, absolutely amazing, and some pecans dipped in dark chocolate and a chili spice – so unbelievable good and dried fruit and nuts covered dark chocolate. I’m not beating myself up about it. I just enjoying. I even received a gift of Cranberry infused Vodka. I’m usually a modest red wine drinker and occasionally champagne but I said “yes” to this offer. I thought it was Vodka mixed cranberry juice – but NO, it’s infused with cranberries. I don’t know exactly what that means but it’s a potent drink. Later today, I’ll mix it with Prosecco and enjoy.

I haven’t posted in a while. It’s not that I didn’t paint – I didn’t like them. My paintings of roses are continuing to grow stronger for the most part. Roses are difficult to paint – more so than peonies, in my opinion. I’m pretty happy with these – though I will make a few changes.

Another unarmed Black man was killed by police. I won’t mention it when it doesn’t happen. Black Lives Matter.

8 thoughts on “Crimson Roses at Christmas

  1. The beauty and intricacies of the roses are exquisite. I know everyone sees different things but I see an elegant sadnesses in the roses. A good metaphor of current times.

    • Hi Nancy,
      I understand what you’re saying. I see that darkness, moodiness and elegance in many of the older classic style paintings. I use to use that in my portraits as well. I like that. You’ll be seeing more! Thank you for your vision! Winifred

  2. Merci chère Winifred. The roses are exquisite. I am happy to know that you are indulging yourself a bit with some sweets and liquor. Joyeux Noël et bisous bisous bisous.

    • Thank you Felicia and I hope you ans your family are safe and will. Enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year’s! Winifred

  3. The roses are beautiful. The background is dark, despite the light on the vase, I feel like it is night. Maybe the last night of 2020?

    Andre Hill, an innocent black man, was killed by a police officer in Columbus this week. The officer had a suspension for excessive force before. As far as I can remember, in all these killings it is not the first time the specific officers used excessive force. It is not just the officers who are wrong, it is also the administration of the police departments who should have removed these officers from their jobs when they first wrongly caused harm.

  4. Thank you Betsy.

    I also appreciate your comment about this broken system of policing in this country. He’s fired in one city and rehired in the next. No real consequence to his behavior. Winifred

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