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Roses are red, violets are blue by The Colourist

February 04, 2021

Roses are red, violets are blue by The Colourist


Roses are red, violets are blue

Valentines in lockdown

So what will you do?  Are you a romantic?

In a year where Coronavirus has had an affect on everybody's lives, this Valentine’s will be very different for many. I was chatting with my friend and fellow artist Stella Tooth and asked her whether she celebrates Valentine's Day?

She replied that she shares Valentine's cards with her husband that have changed over the years from cartoons of Snoopy coming over all fuzzy (I love you more than cheese etc) to artworks of beautiful places around the world they have seen - or are yet to see - together. 

Remembering loves lost

This year, however, many will be thinking about loved ones they have lost, soulmates, as they spend this day alone. They will be remembering and cherishing the memories of many Valentine's Days past.

Celebrating new love

Yet for others love is alive and romance is blossoming... For some it's taking flight online, or from a distance, while for others their love is unrequited. This past year has either driven couples apart or brought them closer together. The chance of meeting someone new has been mostly through apps, as meeting in venues has been so tricky.

The origins of Valentine's Day

According to Wikipedia, Valentine's Day​, also called ​Saint Valentine's Day​ or the ​Feast of Saint Valentine​, is celebrated annually on February 14. It originated as a western Christian ​feast day​ honouring one or two early Christian martyrs, named ​Saint Valentine​, and is recognised as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and ​love​ in many regions of the world. 

The colour red

In some languages the word red actually means colour - and, historically, has signified, love, anger, lust and regality. ​

Red pigment made from ​ochre​ was one of the first colours used in ​prehistoric art​. The Ancient Egyptians and Mayans coloured their faces red in ceremonies; Roman generals had their bodies coloured red to celebrate victories. 

It was also an important colour in China, where it was used to colour early pottery and, later, the gates and walls of palaces.  And in the Renaissance, the brilliant red costumes for the nobility and wealthy were dyed with ​kermes​ and ​cochineal​.

Enduring love

For those in relationships who have endured lockdown, and haven't killed each other yet out of frustration, boredom or the stress of homeschooling, maybe Valentine's night might simply include a delivery from the local takeaway with a bottle of champagne. Then Netflix and an early night?

It's a day with a love / hate relationship! Although many people adore the romance, others feel pressured into making an effort as the pressure is on! Others completely dismiss the day as a load of commercial nonsense!

A gift of love

Will you give a gift to your beloved this year? Something to say "thank you" for staying together through what has been the most difficult year in our lifetime?

Unrequited love

I think about unrequited love, my last kiss, hug and embrace....good grief!  Was it so long ago?  I think happily about my independence, but when Valentine's Day arrives I'm reminded that I don't have an admirer or partner right now, so I'm going to celebrate on my own!

I'm having a party ... just me ... celebrating life, love and the colour RED ... Red is the way forward!

I will wear red lipstick and I might even buy myself a bunch of red tulips... not roses as that would feel like I was trying a little too hard! I am a romantic and the colour red for me brings to mind joy, passion and celebration. 

I shall wear a red dress, sit on my red throw and play fiery Latin jazz. I will eat all red foods: tomato and red pepper soup, strawberries, raspberries and drink merlot.

And I will paint a landscape in sanguine, vermillion, scarlet and alizarin crimson, inspired by memories of sunsets abroad.  

And I shall rearrange my gallery shelf with images that bring me joy and give me a renewed sense of positivity and hope.

A gift of art

Let's celebrate the colour red in all its glory with or without romance this February, remember all our past loves and look to the future to new relationships, and embrace the beautiful work within our Skylark gallery.

Many of our artists work in red or create images which symbolise love. Have a look and, you never know, you might find exactly the right way to celebrate this special day and treat yourself or your beloved to something unique.

Abstract peony 2 by Claire Thorogood

Abstract Peony 2 by Claire Thorogood £570


Party! by Gill Hickman

Party by Gill Hickman £250


Never forget by Sarita Keeler

Never forget by Sarita Keeler £75


Angel by Wilf Frost

Angel by Wilf Frost £690

Cut face by Corrine Edwards

Cut face by Corrine Edwards £95


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