Creating happy, serene, inspirational paintings since 1975.
This is a HAPPY painting, one that will bring Joy to those that view it. There is powerful healthy emotions that come from seeing Flowers and Art like this. See my bio for the science behind it, but essentially, happiness, inspiration, peace and calm come from this form of art.
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This heirloom variety from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello gardens where they are grown and sold is one of the few plants I myself have planted and it lives to this day! I'm not much of a gardener, so I'm thankful for the hearty variety that has survived my non-green thumb.
I believe it is a Japanese variety due to it's guard petals with a flowering ball shaped center, and I seem to remember when we purchased it, the folks were pretty excited for this little guy being planted here in Virginia.
I guess they knew I couldn't hurt it!
Did you know the Japanese Peony is considered the King of Flowers and has a great deal of meaning behind it. It is said to bring wealth, honor, good fortune, and is associated with daring bravery. Because of this, it is not only a favorite flower to paint, but is highly regarded within the tattoo world.
There are five different categories of the peony, the single, Japanese, anemone, semi-double, double. The Japanese Peony flower is a transition between the singles and the doubles. It has five or more guard petals surrounding the flower center, the stamens are partially changed into short skinny petals. This makes for its feathery appearance. Usually the center petals vary in color from the outer guard petals. This leads to some impressive and striking color combinations.
You can find this flower all across the spectrum of the art world. Not just found in paintings such as this, but in tapestries, and on porcelain.
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