Everyone knows the classic metaphor "rose-colored glasses" when referring to optimism and having a positive outlook on life. I wanted this piece to play off of that idea, but have a slightly darker and more thought-provoking theme to it. It was mostly about being too optimistic, and sort of being blinded by it. There are people who always choose to see the good in things and people, which is usually a good quality, but can be hurtful in some cases. This is why I wanted it to look like the roses were bruising the skin around them, as if they were something harmful.
I chose watercolor for the medium for this piece because, for one, I was in a major rush and watercolor was the quickest thing I could think of to use, and also because I liked the sort of abstract feel it gave the piece. Blending out the skin tones with watercolors is so much easier and faster than doing it with colored pencil, and it really allowed for a cool effect with the colors I used. I like making the colors of my pieces pretty cohesive, and I feel like this piece is one of the most cohesive ones I've done. The lips match the roses in the eyes,and the skin tones as well, and even though the purple around the roses works well with the other colors, it is different enough to really pop out and contrast with the rest of the piece. I started off kind of hating this piece, but it's interesting, because the more I look at it, the more I actually find myself liking it.