‘Story behind the Nymph of Petal Tears’

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First order of business: I’d like to thank you for clicking on this image; it proves that you aren’t sick of viewing this original surreal acrylic painting….yet. I figured that with all the available space on this personal website, I might as well get personal with my art in a positive manner. I am constantly being inspired by music, whether as a lullaby soothing me as I brew my tea in the looong morning hours, or awakening the artistic side of my brain while painting/typing this. I usually choose one or two emotionally connecting songs to listen to on loop mode. It brings out the raw elements of the lyrics and soundtrack.

I made the falling flower petals a tasteful substitute for the imagery of tears and blood, since that is a main detail in the Chinese song: ‘Painting Face (花心).’ The song focuses upon two close sisters who set fire to their former friendship when they realize that both of them have fallen in love with the same man. I interpret the haunting song as the two of them reminiscing over all they have lost in the name of jealousy, betrayal, spite, lust, and revenge. Was it all worth it? Wrecking years of friendship/sismance for a taste of love?

Here are the lyrics, credited to  http://echowillow.livejournal.com/18834.html?mode=reply . I made a few edits as I saw appropriate, no copyright infrigment intended. Please make your own judgements/ideas about the ballard’s message.

画心/huà xīn/Painting heart

作曲(Composter):      藤原育郎/Ikurou Fujiwara

作词(Lyricist):            陈少琪/ Keith Chen

歌手(Singer):           张靓颖/Zhang Liang Ying
看不穿是你失落的魂魄

kàn bú chuān shì nǐ shī luò de hún pò

Oblivious to your distracted, aloof soul,  

猜不透是你瞳孔的颜色,

cāi bú tòu shì nǐ tóng kǒng de yán sè,

Ignorant to the fact that it was in the colour of your pupils,

一阵风, 一场梦

yī zhèn fēng , yī chǎng mèng

One gust of wind; one waking dream,  

爱如生命般莫测  (爱是生命的莫测)

ài rú shēng mìng bān mò cè  (ài shì shēng mìng de mò cè)

Love, like life, ever so full of mysteries  (Love is life’s deepest mysteries).

你的心,到底被什么蛊惑?

nǐ de xīn,  dào dǐ bèi shí me gǔ huò?

Your heart, what has bewitched it so?

你的轮廓在黑夜之中淹没

nǐ de lún kuò zài hēi yè zhī zhōng yān méi

Your outline fades before vanishing into the dark, unforgiving night.

看桃花,开出怎样的结果

kàn táo huā,  kāi chū zěn yàng de jié guǒ

Examining the peach blossoms, what results will occur?

看着你,抱着我

kàn zhe nǐ bào zhe wǒ

I watch you embrace me, 

目光似月色寂寞  (目光比月色寂寞)

mù guāng sì yuè sè jì mò  (mù guāng bǐ yuè sè jì mò)

With eyes as lonely as the moonlight,  (With eyes lonelier than Chang’E)

就让你在别人怀里快乐

jiù ràng nǐ  zài bié rén huái lǐ kuài lè

It’s time to let you go; seek happiness in the arms of another.

爱着你, 像心跳难触摸。

ài zhe nǐ  xiàng xīn tiào nán chù mō。

Loving you has become intangible li