The dark red underpainting peaking through the green plant intensifies the color, the two colors virtually sing to each other. I painted Hens & Chicks because I think they are cool to look at. There is no deeper meaning or intention. I just like them...and they're so easy to grow.
Sometimes, when people view my work, I can see that they aren't interested in my subject matter- like it isn't worthy of their contemplation and/or purchase. Other people are drawn to my paintings because of the color and nothing else. I paint what I paint for a reason. It (usually) makes me happy to do so AND it's the reason the painting is successful, I believe.
I think the main issue is not the subject matter, not how long it is contemplated or how long it takes to execute, I think it matters that it is attempted and created. Many of my paintings are a complete surprise to me. I start out thinking one way, and in the end, the painting turns out to be totally different. I guess that makes it and "original" original.