July 18, 2010

Cherry Blossoms

This is my sister and her son sitting under the cherry blossoms tree. She is a great photographer and many of her pictures have been inspirations for me to paint. I like this particular picture a lot and decided to do it in oil on canvas sized 5" by 7".

I had been to Washington D.C. during spring and had the good fortune to see cherry blossoms in bloom. The city of Tokyo gave the original 3,000 cherry trees as a gift to the city of Washington D. C. in 1912 as a symbol of friendship between the United States and Japan. The cherry blossom is a very delicate flower that blooms for a very short time. For the Japanese this represents the transience of life and for the Chinese the cherry blossom is a very significant symbol of love.When I looked at this picture I could see a special connection, a similarity as well as a difference. The mother child relationship is as special as cherry blossoms. But is it as transient as the flower? The following quote probably answers that!

"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing." ~Toni Morrison, Beloved

28 comments:

  1. Bright cool painting,nice to see mum lying on son's shoulder.cherry blossom tree looks beautiful.

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  2. It's so special painting someone close to your heart.

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  3. Beautiful painting, Padmaja. The cherry tree in bloom is just stunning.

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  4. Very beautiful, Padmaja. So much emotion.

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  5. Love that quote from Toni Morrison-one of favorite writers-perfect for the painting!!!

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  6. Aww... I love the artwork and the story behind it too! Thanks for making me smile this morning!

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  7. You really captured the translucent beauty of the blossoms and the love of a child for his mother.I also love and agree with the quote. I have a grown son living with me and he still feels like my little boy.

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  8. Perfect post. The painting is lovely. The cherry blossoms are so pretty and I love the expressions - love and contentment.

    I never knew the story of the cherry blossoms in Washington, D. C. What a wonderful story! I learn so much from my blogging buddies!

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  9. This is so beautiful - the colors, and the peaceful joy that comes across. It's a beautiful quote.

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  10. nice quote! painting with a message...I like that! the flowers in the background and the expression of mother and child says it all!

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  11. It's a very sweet painting, Padmaja. The cherry blossom canopy has a great feeling about it.

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  12. As the mother of two grown sons I can appreciate the beauty of this painting. The gorgeous cherry blossoms only add to the scene. I love paintings that tell a story... this is one of them!

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  13. Hey that looks very familiar and cherry blossoms are etched in my mind! Can I have it- needless to say I love it!
    As for any kind of love, I believe it's eternal.

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  14. Lovely painting and quote.

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  15. What a beautiful technique. I like this picture, it looks fun. Joe.

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  16. Totally beautiful and paired with a wonderful thought. It is refreshing seeing happiness and reading of the strength found in family, Padmaja.

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  17. A perfect post...lovely quote Padmaja!!
    As a mother of two little children I appreciate this creation of yours!!!

    Missed you on my blog very much...want to see you more often there...and your lovely comments are always much appreciated :))

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  18. the nice quote adds to the beauty of the painting. The mother son relationship is beyond any explanation. My viewing was in this context.Thanks a lot seenu.

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  19. The light through the blossoms is perfect Padmaji!

    I am reading Alberto Manguel's "Reading Pictures'

    which makes the red socks and shirt a very interesting element.

    There is the people painted and the painter. It reads a lovely tone of love.

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  20. Hi Padmaja,
    I am facing some technical problems...trying to rectify it...if you find my updates on your reading list then pl let me know !!

    Regards
    Sanghamitra.

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  21. Thank you! for your THUMBS up... They still work! (humour)

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  22. Padmaja...it is Damar crystals dissolved in the beeswax. This melted...
    here is a great article..
    http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/36273/731/

    It is magic!

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  23. Hi Padmaja,
    Just now I've published a post...pl let me know are you able to see it on your list or not???

    Regards
    Sanghamitra.

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  24. That is exactly what I've done ...but don't know why it is not comeing!...pl check it once again...extrmly sorry for the trouble !!!

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  25. Well done Padmaja. I thought at first this was the photograph!
    Thanks too for dropping by my blog. I appreciate so much your comments. Blessings!

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  26. Loved this post! The painting and your sentiments (I have four grown sons)..

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  27. I love this painting! It radiates the strongest love of the painter, the feel of peace and beauty and the spring. Lovely! I was on vacation for two weeks away from blogging, hardly could look through all the posts of my friends when returned back home. But this one of yours caught my full attention, such a feeling!

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  28. I always want to see the cherryblossoms in D.C didnt get a chance ur painting remeber me the place again hopefully will try for this spring and really lovely painting Padmaja

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