This poinsettia painting is one of several Christmas themed paintings I've done over the years. You know Christmas is close by when you begin to see these rich red beauties showing up in garden centers, grocery stores, and church decorations.
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How did the plant become so popular for Christmas? Here's the rest of the story....
The botanical name for the poinsettia is Euphorbia Pulcherrrima, meaning "very beautiful", it's known by many other common names in other parts of the world.
· Noche buena· Lobster plant· Mexican fire plant· Flame leaf· Flower of the Holy Night
· symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem (star shaped pattern)
· represents the Blood of Christ (deep red colors)
Wow! So much behind this little red plant. But there's more!
Cultivation of the poinsettia goes all the way back to the 14th Century where Aztecs used it for medicinal purposes, the sap reduces fever and the leaves for their red dye. In 1825, our Ambassador to Mexico (and an amateur botanist) brought one back to South Carolina. It's popularity grew quickly. It was known as the Mexican fire plant then, and after his death, the plant was renamed poinsettia in his honor.
The Legend behind the poinsettia.
Most popular plants such as this also have a legend behind it's creation. Here's the legend:
A young girl, Maria, and her little brother Pablo, always looked forward the local Christmas Festival. Each year at the village church, a large manger scene was erected along with parades and Christmas parties within the village. Because they were so poor however, they felt left out as they couldn't contribute to the festivities. They especially had wanted so much to give something for the Baby Jesus.
When Christmas Eve Mass was to begin, on their way to the church, they found an odd green looking weed on the side of the road. These they picked and used as a gift to the Baby Jesus in the manger scene. They were teased and ridiculed mercilessly as they brought forward their gifts by the other children in the village. But Maria and Pablo pressed on, and laid their gifts down around the manger. As they turned to walk away, a silence fell on the teasing children as before their eyes, the weeds leaves began to turn red. Soon, the entire manger was surrounded by these fire red flowers! From then on, the flowers were known as "Flores de Noche Buena" which means, flowers of the holy night.
How to get your poinsettia red again.
OK, now for another bit of information about these beautiful plants. What do you do with your poinsettia plant after the holidays? Well, the plants do turn back to green and will continue to grow. If you want it to turn back to red, here's what you do. Take a box that's larger than your plant, and in September cover the plant with the box for 13 hours a day. The lack of sunlight will fool the plant and it will begin to redden up. Take your plant out from under its box in the beginning of December to enjoy it.
Now lets talk a little more about this painting.
I use a 400 year old Flemish technique that involves painting in layers. This produces superior results both in the effects that are found in the work, and it's longevity. It is guaranteed to last a lifetime without fading/cracking if kept out of direct sunlight under normal room conditions.
I've been painting using the multi-layered technique in oils since the mid 70's and have never had a single painting returned for rework due to craftsmanship or materials defects. Actually, I've never had one returned for any other reason either. Once you have a beautiful piece of art in your hands I guess folks like to hang on to it.
Close up views will show the depth and details not usually found in paintings today. I've also included one that is not to exact scale, but gives you a good idea of it's size compared to some furnishings.
I know you will enjoy hanging this in your home as much as I did in creating it!
This painting is 30 inches x 30 inches on gallery wrapped canvas and ready to hang.This poinsettia painting is one of several Christmas themed paintings I've done over the years. You know Christmas is close by when you begin to see these rich red beauties showing up in garden centers, grocery stores, and church decorations.
Artwork this size is packed within a protective box of rigid foam. I show a picture of one in the photo's above. The painting is also wrapped in a wax paper, then bubble wrapped, and finally boxed.
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