Spring Joy and Love, 8 x 8 inches
Recently I was reading a book on botanical artists of the Victorian era and came across references of several flowers and what they symbolized when arranged together. With this in mind, I gathered an arrangement from my garden to symbolize the many meanings of love... and the joy that comes from being in love.
In the Victorian language of flowers, the Forget-Me-Not flower was interpreted as meaning faithful or true love, where azaleas implore a loved one to "take care of yourself, for me", and the simple sweet alyssum means "worth beyond beauty".
This is a painting from my Bountiful Observations series, and in my desire to preserve this series, I realize I need to slow down from creating a completed painting every week, so going forward, I will post one new painting on the first Monday of each month. And as with all paintings from this series, 25% of the net proceeds of each sale is donated to the American Horticultural Society.