Rainbows have always fascinated me. As a child they showed up in nearly every drawing I created. When I shop I immediately gravitate to the most bright and vivid colors. Whether it represents God's covenent with mankind or the Irish tale of the pot of gold at the end, rainbows are truly inspiring. The color rainbows hold are like a palette for life. As an artist these colors are essential for re-creating vivid memories of scattered dreams and visions. I cannot imagine a colorless world. It would still be beautiful, but without diversity and contrast.
I remember the first rainbow I ever saw, I was about four years young. I found it so amazing that something so beautiful could find it's way into a muddy puddle in the black top pavement of my parking lot. I was so excited that I showed my dad, he giggled and said it was just some oil from a car that mixed with the rain. I still thought it was beautiful. I remembered the tale of how you can find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and wondered if this was one of those. From that day on I would stare outside as it rained. When the rain calmed down, I would run outside to the parking lot and look for rainbows in the pavement.
The first real rainbow I ever saw just mysteriously appeared after a rainstorm as the clouds were parting and the sun was peeking through. It was breathtking and for a moment I thought I was dreaming and didn't know what to do with myself. Needless to say I never got a pot of gold because I couldn't even really tell where the end of the rainbow was. It remained suspended in the sky for just a little while and disappeared almost as mysteriously as it appeared.
My babies and me under a double rainbow in Stratford, 2011
Rainbows represent many things in todays society. They've appeared millions of times in our skies. They are a beautiful reminder of the glorious colors we are created from. Life itself contains so many different colors and hues, different blends and strokes, like a painting. When I see the bright vivid colors of the rainbow, I feel them as well. In life we all experience storms; some storms are bigger than others, but when you see the rainbow at the end you find hope to keep pushing toward your goal. I try to live my life in contrast because it allows me to pull positive energy out of negativity. It is said that we have to expereince rain to see the rainbow, and for the most part it is true. It is when the storm doesn't let up and the sky remains dark that we see no end. It's easy to lose hope that the sun will shine but once you see those colors, you know that better times are ahead. It may not be a literal pot of gold, but it's a pot of hope that contains the colors needed to bring your gloomy spirit back to life. We often get frustrated when it rains but nothing will grow without it. Rainbows represent hope after a storm.
I feel privileged to have witness the magic of rainbows whether they are in the sky on the ground or on a canvas. If you happen to see me sporting the colors of the rainbow at any point in time please know that it is a symbol of self expression, life, love, hope and prosperity no matter what you are going through there is always a rainbow at the end..
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