Affinity, Succulents in Pots
60×48 oil on canvas
This painting was inspired by a photo posted by fellow intsagramer @amnaalnauimii who lives on the other side of the world. I was enamored with the beautiful light, composition, and variety of succulents she had grouped together in her post. The title for this piece came to me one a day when I felt particular frustration over all the division in the world. It seems that our culture has become intent on focusing on our differences.
That’s where the hash tag comes in. A modern invention to label something in hope that others who have an affinity for your post will see it and like it too. #Succulents If you and I like succulents, then that common thread of loving a beautiful plant creates community and kinship.
It’s a noble thing to focus and celebrate what we have in common. A connection marked by a community of interests.
Affinity also means “The force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule.” Now, I understand that this definition is referring to science, but filtered through my artist brain, I think about the deeper idea of being bound together as people.
So, if you are reading this, looking at my painting, or marveling at the beauty of these succulents then we have something in common. And if we have #succulents in common, maybe we have #humanity and #love in common too.