I completed a series of floral paintings over the spring. Here's two. Both are painted in egg tempera. Of original composition and design, they are based on images selected from my own stock photography and then transformed into what you view below.
Idealized or stylized depictions of flora and fauna* often embellish or add symbolism to devotional, sacred and liturgical artworks. At the very least, observers are reminded of the potential and real glory of God's natural creation. It is good to have competency in this area and the pieces below demonstrate my aptitude effectively.
1. "White Roses" is 12"x12" and was completed on a classic gesso panel of 3/4 inch thickness with the traditional cloth underlay. I make many of the gesso panels or boards myself. For this composition, the handmade panel's surface shows a purposeful textured appearance. The border, separating the design from the solid, off-white background, is 23 KT gold. This artwork is offered @$725.00 USD. Framing, if desired, is additional. Symbolism: The rose is a highly complex symbol with associations in many cultures. For Christians, the white rose has been a symbol of purity since the earliest years. It is the flower of Paradise in its beauty, perfection and fragrance and is often associated the Virgin Mary. White is a symbol of light, purity, glory, and joy.
2. "Jasmine Flowers" is 5"x7" and was completed on an Ampersand Claybord. To achieve the vibrant, eye-catching contrast between the plant and the background, I selected Prussian Blue pigment. This pigment is strong and stains easily so be careful! One time I unexpectedly sneezed when mixing it pigment with the binder. Just a little bit of powder instantly stained my white shirt, hands and nose blue!
This jewel of a painting is a simple pleasure to behold. "Jasmine Flowers" is offered @$350.00 USD with or without the featured white, beaded wood frame. Symbolism: The white color and sweet scent of the jasmine make it a symbol of the Virgin Mary. It also signifies grace, elegance, and amiability.
* "...Of all the living organisms on the planet, the most commonly seen by us are the plant life and the animal life. Apart from these two, more forms of life abound in the earth, but are harder to see with the naked eye. This is why the flora and fauna i.e. plant and wildlife of the earth are fascinating to observe and study.
In this technological era, humans interact more with gadgets that it’s almost impossible to find time to interact with nature. When vacation period knocks, they make up for that by traveling to exotic locations to trek through untamed trails, or just drive to see an army of fearless animals. This is enabled by flora and fauna spread across different parts of the world."
"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." St Paul
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