Diamond in the Rough
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This giclée print is taken from my original oil painting on linen canvas.
We’ve all heard the expression “a diamond in the rough.” That may not seem like a compliment, but it is. It hints at brimming potential and unforeseen value.
The diamond, centered in this canvas amid the rough texturized layers of oil paint, showcases the potential of that uncut gem. The raw brilliance of untapped beauty.
I hope it makes you think, “I could be great, but maybe I’m not there yet.” And I hope the cool tones reassure you that all is well.
Pressure makes diamonds, but what makes them shine? Light.
Diamonds are tiny, complex prisms. They reflect, refract, and disperse light. They take in light but still reflect brightness back. They also refract light and disperse it into a full-spectrum rainbow. We too can reflect back some light to others or create our own blasts of color.
Refraction and dispersion create natural light and dark areas. These dark areas may seem counter-productive, but they’re the secret ingredient that gives diamonds their trademark brilliance. The dark magnifies the intensity of the light.
The monochromatic palette of different blues represents the ocean. The ocean is sometimes still and wild at others. Oceans can symbolize formlessness and a chaotic void where you can get lost at sea, but the ocean is also a symbol of stability. Each lunar cycle flows the same way it has for centuries.
When you look at this piece, I hope you feel the illumination of your own brilliance. I hope it inspires strength, fortitude, and courage. For like a diamond, you are strong and razor-sharp. Be bold and invincible because when light shines on you, you too can disperse rainbows of positive energy.
And remember: people are like diamonds. They have many facets, each one reflecting a distinctive light into the world. And even those dark areas can have rainbows hidden inside.
May you shine brightly because the world needs all of you even if you’re a diamond in the rough.