on Twitter

oil on canvas – self portrait

When i took pictures of my self to use as a painting for this, i was only facsinated by the candle flame, the reflection and the contrasting tones of light and dark, and how beautiful the flame looked to me. Looking back at it now, i realise that the flame was also inside me, as thought, emotion or consciousness. It reminds me of lyrics of a song by Elliot Smith – ‘Im a Roman Candle. My head is full of flames’ and ‘..because your candle burns too bright, i almost forgot it was twilight’.

Sukhwinder Flora’s poetry feature, “Carried in the Wind” exposes realms of existence trapped between the past and present. In the spirit of an urban legend storyteller, Flora writes with discernment and wisdom beyond her years. Her Poetry has the authority of urban legends that have been carried on the wind for centuries.

Jennifer DeBellis
Executive Editor
Pink Panther Magazine Issue 21, 2014

View Full Profile


  • lroof
    lroofalmost 4 years ago

    great artwork!

  • Thank you!

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • Ray Jackson
    Ray Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    FANTASTIC !! the tones,the comp,and the details CLASS A WORK!

  • Thank you! :)

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • Magnus Wootton
    Magnus Woottonalmost 4 years ago

    awesome… from imagination?

  • Thanks, no i wish it was from imagination! I was messing around with my dads old manual camera, thought id try and paint the image. Loved the light in it :) Thanks for the comment

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • MoonRoX
    MoonRoXalmost 4 years ago

    nice reflections!

  • Thank you :)

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful work- amazing light!

  • Thank you :)

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • banrai
    banraialmost 4 years ago

    superb one, love it!

  • Thanks! :)

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamalmost 4 years ago

    Great lighting, atmospheric image.

  • Thank you!

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • strawberries
    strawberriesalmost 4 years ago

    very nice

  • thanks :)

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • phillipcmiller
    phillipcmillerover 3 years ago

    Very impressive sflora. Your model (yourself) seems in deep thought, introspective, which means to look into one’s self, into a metaphoric mirror…the candle falls right in line with the burning of the mind, the heart, the intellect as it exercises it’s powers of reason. You may or may not have intended all that, but it is present none the less. This is a marvelous painting. The viewer wants to kneel beside the girl, stroke her hair, and ask “What’s on your mind honey”

  • Aw thank you for taking the time to look and comment, its really interesting what other people see. No i didnt knowlingly intend that, but i am reflective and and feel deeply so its probably come through the image with out me chosing to. Yea i do look quite melancholy..

    – Sukhwinder Flora

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 3 years ago

    Just the most mesmerizing composition.
    wow!…. Outstanding in everyway

  • Thank you again!! :)

    – Sukhwinder Flora

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait