I wanted to do a new take on the Vanitas theme. The thought of doing a dark and grim painting was not inspiring; I wanted to do something bright and colorful, even feminine. I didn't want to present death as scary and hideous. In addition to bright colors and flooding light, I included some seashells (representing birth) and white hydrangea blossoms (I don't know what they represent but they're awfully pretty and they make me think of spring).
Here is my vanitas painting as it was last week when I had an awesome camera on loan from a friend. Mine will be back in action soon, thank god, but it will be like getting back together with a fat, lazy and emotionally distant ex after having a fling with a toned cabana boy on vacation.
Here's a close up of the chompers:
NOM NOM NOM!