(copyright 2010) Gail M. Allen
Poppies 16" X 20" Acrylic on Canvas
This is my latest painting for the "Valentine" challenge on The Artist Challenge web site.
I wanted to do a floral and began researching lovely red flowers for the message they covey
and their symbolic element. In Persian poetry and literature the red poppy is considered the eternal flower
of love. Poppies signify many different kinds of love, from fertility, to consolation and everlasting life. In China they represent loyalty and faith between lovers; according to a Chinese legend about a beautiful courageous woman who was married to a warrior and followed him into battle, standing at his side. The petals are said to reflect her spirit dancing in the wind, holding her sword, as her husband's troops were defeated in battle. A cluster of poppies in full bloom was said to have grown on her grave.
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