Away from the crowds, a couple enjoys a moment of quiet, golden seclusion.
Is it a date night? Have they just escaped from the reception at a wedding? Is this a planned day, a picnic, segueing into a complete and total day of romantic bliss?
As with many representational paintings, Forever Yours invites the viewer to step into the artwork and become a part of the story. Indeed, the viewer is invited to make up the story, embellish it, change it as time goes by and experience adds to the telling.
The place is quiet, peaceful, secluded. The couple, as all couples in intense love tend to do, have eyes and attention for no one but each other, so that even if there were a crowd, they would not allow the noise and activity to intrude upon their moment.
But to ensure that no noise or activity does intrude upon their moments, the couple has stolen away to a private and isolate place, a place of beauty and fantasy, a place of lights and reflection and the arched bridge that adds so much to any scene.
The sweet, heady aroma of flowers permeates the landscape, and lanterns hanging from the branches of the tree add a sparkle of earthly starlight to the scene. It is these lamps that make us wonder if the couple was part of a wedding reception, and they stole away to a secluded corner of the venue. Or perhaps the lights are simply there – magically – without any further explanation needed.
After all, romance is a magical thing – the deep, committed relationship of two people who love one another deeply, and who determine that they will walk – and row – through life together, hand in hand and side by side.
In essence, they say to one another – through body language and verbal words – “I am forever yours.”
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March 15th, 2017
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