Monday, October 25, 2010

Passion Flower

This is a new small painting I just completed of a passion flower. I find the structure and design of this flower totally amazing, I just had to paint one. A few things you might not know about them . The leaves are said to have an antidepressant affect. I know that looking at one has that effect on me! Another very interesting fact about the passion flower and it's relation to "The Passion" of Christ. The "Passion" in "passion flower" does not refer to sex and love, however, but to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion:
• The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
• The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
• The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (less St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
• The flower's radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.
• The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
• The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).
• The blue and white colors of many species' flowers represent Heaven and Purity.

This painting is 8x10 painted with acrylics on stretched Cotton and linen. For Sale in my Etsy shop


Felicity said...

This is such beautiful work Catherine.
The structure and colours in the centre of the flower are totally transfixing and you have captured them so well.

x Felicity

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Unknown said...

Hey Catherine, thanks for stopping by and now I have found your wonderful work! Just need to decide which print I will treat myself to at your Etsy store. Have a great week. Amber xx

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La Petite Gallery said...

Boy! you got the details on that Passion flower. Great job.


desde my ventana said...

I like this flower,

Little Leslie said...

me too, Catherine!

Eileen said...

Another beautiful piece. Congratulations on the calendar, too.