Gail Allen is a classically trained artist living in New Hampshire, USA, who sculpts, paints and creates custom designed landscapes, murals and event products.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Poppies- Flowers of Love!

(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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