After Emma Gonzalez’s teacher delivered my painting to her, she was kind enough to get her picture taken with it. With her permission, I posted it on social media and soon discovered that there were thousands of others that felt the same way as I did, namely that Emma is a hero.
Me painting and reflecting on Yayoi, Yin and infinity.
Happy International Women’s Day 2018.
The artist who painted the woman in the lower right passed away last year. Her name was Tamara Natalie Madden. This incredibly talented painter was born in Jamaica and moved to American when she was young. She became ill with a rare disease for women. Art helped her cope with her suffering. The birds in her paintings represent freedom from disease.
My wife thought of the title again, ‘Adrift,’ which I promptly used as the hashtag. I worked from a reference photo taken by my Instagram buddy, Jayden Tan in a test photoshoot. Thanks JT! Here’s the story behind it:
“Chap Goh Mei” (aka the 15th night of Chinese New Year) is regarded as the Chinese equivalent to Valentine’s Day. And in the olden times, it was the only day that single young ladies were allowed to venture out of their homes. It was an opportunity to parade their beauty in front of potential suitors. It was also the practice for them to throw oranges into the sea in the hopes of securing a good husband.
Special thanks to Lenne Chai for the reference photo I used. Also a big thanks to models, Mei and Bora.
Lenne’s photograph was inspired partly by a news article about a Chinese girl adopted by an American family and by the note her birth parents had left “…If the heavens have feelings, if we are brought together by fate, then let us meet again…”