Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Red Pear and Hibiscus-Still Life Fruit and Floral Original Oil Painting by Marina Petro

Artist~Marina Petro, Saratoga Springs, NY USA
"Red Pear & Hibiscus"
Original oil painting on archival Raymar canvas panel
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This painting was quite the challenge! It took several sessions to complete. When there is a considerable amount of white and black in a painting such as this, I have to wait a couple of days in between sessions for each of these slow drying colors to set enough to paint over or into them.

Did you know the hibiscus flower can universally mean that it is a nice summer? In Europe, during the Victorian era and up to today, the meaning of the hibiscus flower is "delicate beauty." It is the state flower of Hawaii and generally given to visiting state officials. It's symbolizes Old Royalty and is a flower that brings power and respect. In Japan, it's meaning is "gentle."

I''ve been caring for a hibiscus tree on my sun porch for about 14 years now. It blooms often with the most beautiful bright red flowers. There are three other perennial hibuscus bushes planted next to my deck. They flower each August with blossoms that are 12 inches or more in diameter. A glorious sight I look forward to each year.
Today's Quotation:" Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." 
~Thomas Carlyle

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