Can You Keep A Secret? by udonchow

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Acrylic On Canvas

Was inspired to do this piece after watching the movie, “In The Mood For Love”. Set in the Hongkong 60s, it’s a tale of forbidden love, full of regrets and secrets. This painting is my personal interpretation of the following lines from the movie. “In the old days, if someone had a secret they don’t want to share what do they do? They went up a mountain, find a tree,carved a hole in it and whispered the secret into the hole. Then they covered it with mud. And leave the secret there forever.”

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  • bevanimage
    bevanimageabout 6 years ago

    I rather suspect that the alert-looking bunny knows how to get to that secret – and then it won’t be a secret for long! The young lady looks as though she isn’t confident of her hiding place either. It’s a lovely story Ellen!

  • Bunny is curious about the secret of the room 2046 :D In the movie, it was the male lead who was the one who whsipered the secret into the hole and later stuffed the hole with mud and grass. But I thought the female lead feels the pain and regrets as much as the guy too :D

    – udonchow

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 6 years ago

    beautiful work Ellen, i love the concept, the direction this is taking, the colours are really earthy and beautiful, i love her dress and her expression, the bunny in the background and the vine around the tree trunk which contains the secrets

  • Thanks very much Karin! I am just so in love with the movie, watched it 8 years ago….couldnt comprehend much actually, just felt it was visually appealing,delicate and sensitive. Just bought the dvd recently and everything is iluminated finally! Not the usual hollywood movie…it’s abit arty, minimal dialogues…and the movie was shot without a script so to speak. Director Wong Kar Wai is known not to write any scripts before shooting, he has a certain vague idea in his head and he gets inspired as the days go along and writes the script there and then with the fliming going on concurrently. That’s what makes his films very different from others :D

    – udonchow

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLabout 6 years ago

    Lovely work

  • Thank you so much WalesskaL! ^ _ ^

    – udonchow

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 6 years ago

    LOVE IT- What a beautifu interpretation of the story- you are just getting better and better with this wonderful series- FANTASTIC xxxxx

  • Wow, that is very encouraging, Anita!! This one’s really special for me as I feel alot for the movie…cos it’s my favorite actor and director. ^ _ ^

    – udonchow

  • sparklehen
    sparklehenabout 6 years ago

    I love the slightly muted tones, and the styling here! Well done : D

  • I was pleasantly suprised by the effects too, thanks very much Heather! :D

    – udonchow

  • Stephanie Hillson
    Stephanie Hillsonabout 6 years ago

    love this ellen, sounds like a great movie to watch!!

  • Yes it is, Ava!! You will love the art director’s eye, the camera angles are superb and so beautiful and delicate!! :D

    – udonchow

  • Kim  Magee
    Kim Mageeabout 6 years ago

    oh wow ellen just spotted this on zazzle and thought hey a new painting and wellla! here it is
    love her what a beautiful painting she looks a little like you is it a self portrait that bunny is so darn cute
    cheers kim x

  • The bunny was a last min addition….I dont know why…I guess I just feel incomplete without an animal in my paintings :D I have a red and blue chengsam too, but mine has big flowers on it :D

    – udonchow

  • margaretfraser
    margaretfraserabout 6 years ago

    awe lovely

  • Thank you very much!! ^ _ ^

    – udonchow

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 6 years ago

    Absolutaely astounding work sweetheART and I love the lil’ story ..thats what I’ll do in future lol! ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • It’s a very sad movie but beautifully directed and filmed :D Thanks very much Val!! :D

    – udonchow

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 6 years ago

    This should be in ‘Fantastic primitive art’ group"link":

  • Thanks Val! It is in the group, already! :D

    – udonchow

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