Ivy, being an evergreen plant, has traditionally symbolized eternity, perennial life, immortality, fidelity, and strong affectionate attachment, such as wedded love and friendship. Holly and ivy (a future painting) were combined in art to symbolize man and woman and the bringing of peace to a household at Christmas.
The ivy plant is also a strong plant which can grow in the hardest environment. Christians adopted the tradition of using the climbing plant, which they symbolically associated with their deep attachment to God.
"Ivy and Lace" Panel # 1 featured is in a dark, two-tone green and variegated pinkish background with metallic silver accents and pearl white embellishments. For purchase, size or color choice options or inquiries contact artist.
Ivy and Lace #2. A Large Panel Painting.
The wildflower called "Queen Anne's Lace" most often refers to the flowering plant species, Daucus carota (wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace) and it is the prolific, wildflower variety commonly found in my region. Queen Anne's lace may also refer to plants with flowers similar to Daucus carota, including the Ammi majus or "false Queen Anne's lace" that originates in the Nile River Valley and the biennial Anthriscus sylvestris or "cow parsley" plant of the celery, carrot or parsley (Apiaceae) family. (Wikipedia)
In the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace generally represents sanctuary. Tussie Mussie's, Language of Flowers adds "haven, protection, and I'll return".
Legend has it that Queen Anne, the wife of King James I, was challenged by her friends to create lace as beautiful as a flower. While making the lace, she pricked her finger, and it’s said that the purple-red flower in the center of Queen Anne’s Lace represents a droplet of her blood. Also called Wild Carrot (since Queen Anne’s Lace is the wild progenitor of today’s carrot), Bishop’s Lace or Bird’s Nest (for the nest-like appearance of the bright white and rounded flower in full bloom), in the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary.
The beautiful white lace that Anne was tatting became known as the wild carrot plant. She pricked her finger and one drop of blood dropped on the lace. This became the central dark red or purple sterile floret that is present in the carrot plant variety.
Legends disagree as to which Queen Anne was tatting. Some say it was Anne (1574 - 1619), the first Stuart Queen Anne, who was brought over from Denmark at fourteen years of age to be a Queen to King James of Scotland. Others argue it was Anne (1665 - 1714), the daughter of William and Mary, and the last monarch in the Stuart line. General information gathered from a combination of online sources.
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