Five months later... and I now own "Celebration"
The artist is Sophie Frieda http://www.sophiefrieda.com/
whom I met for the first time the other day when I went to pick up the painting.
I realize that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and art is very much about personal taste...
To buy this piece of art has been a very special experience for me.., first gazing and falling in love with the art, then calling the artist up (who happened to be on holiday in England at the time...), asking if I could "make payments," as I couldn't afford to buy the painting in one go.., then making monthly payments..., finally meeting the artist at her studio and seeing some of her other stunning works.. And now Celebration is mine..., and I will have to find a place for her in our new home...
I LOVE my new painting, I love its strength and boldness, and I love its feminine curves and sensuality...
I found this poem about Dahlias to "celebrate" Celebration...
Dahlia in the Window ~ by Caroline Misner
Pale and translucent as pink lemonade,
the morning sun filtered its petals
to pure lightness;
a saffron haze
near the stem, pallid fuchsia at its tips,
it yawns, unfurling its petals into
the summer air laden with mist
and amber seed.
The leaves cluster around its stem,
as though protecting its emerald heart
from the gardener's shears;
every day an excruciating uncertainty;
the bees burrow deep
into its fuzzy heart
the way the pestle enters
the mortar; their famished
mouths can decimate
the life from this fragile bloom.
Every day the gardener
parks his rusty wheelbarrow
by the garden gate,
green with leaves and ivy,
plucking the precious blossom
from the sill;
an executioner of the garden,
the dahlia's life dependent
upon his will.