WHY THIOS SUBJECT? I wanted to create a piece raising awareness to those struggling with mental health and those around them having the ability to help.
WHAT SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT THE WORK? Everything has a meaning, symbolizing something. The bright spot on the daffodil represents a spotlight to show that light has been found in the darkness, and it's spreading from the top to show the power of helping others. The flowers each have a meaning, on the bottom I places a yellow carnation (rejection, disappointment), a black rose (death), a cypress flower (despair, sorrow), orchid (“I’m sorry”), an orange lily (hatred, disdain), and the black dahlia (betrayal dishonesty) to represent all the negative feelings. On the top you see a red rose (love), sunflower (happy, prosperity, romance), blue iris (faith, hope), gladiolus (strength), alstroemeria (friendship), and a lavender lilac (peace) to represent the positivity from the helping friend. The flower sprouting from the darkness is a daffodil, representing rebirth.
WHAT WAS YOUR PROCESS? I used Procreate to sketch the piece out and make the final design with color. I used a soft brush to create the glow for the center and I used the curves adjustment to give the flowers on the bottom that darkness look they have.
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mental health, flowers, "whatever the reason, I'm glad you're here. No need to do it along anymore." Suicide Prevention Lifeline, telephone number