A digitally hand-painted image of a bouquet of flowers sent to me for my birthday a couple of years ago so the original reference photo is my own. I chose a slightly impressionist style combined with a pointillist layer and then a French letter texture. The French title "avec tout mon ame" means "with all my soul." [There should be a caret over the a in ame but FAA won't let me put it there]
From: University of Illinois Extension - http://urbanext.illinois.edu/roses/history.cfm
The History of Roses
Roses have a long and colorful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. Garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, probably in China. During the Roman period, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East. They were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. Roman nobility established large public rose gardens in the south of Rome. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the popularity of roses seemed to rise and fall depending on gardening trends of the time.
White Rose of York
During the fifteenth century, the rose was used as a symbol for the factions fighting to control England. The white rose symbolized York, and the red rose symbolized Lancaster, as a result, the conflict became known as the "War of the Roses."
Roses were in such high demand during the seventeenth century that royalty considered roses or rose water as legal tender, and they were often used as barter and for payments. Napoleon's wife Josephine established an extensive collection of roses at Chateau de Malmaison, an estate seven miles west of Paris in the 1800s. This garden became the setting for Pierre Joseph Redoute's work as a botanical illustrator. In 1824, he completed his watercolor collection "Les Rose," which is still considered one of the finest records of botanical illustration.
It wasn't until the late eighteenth century that cultivated roses were introduced into Europe from China. Most modern-day roses can be traced back to this ancestry. These introductions were repeat bloomers, making them unusual and of great interest to hybridizers, setting the stage for breeding work with native roses to select for hardiness and a long bloom season. Many of these early efforts by plant breeders are of great interest to today's gardeners.
Thank you to the following groups for featuring this image:
THE MAGIC OF FLOWERS - GRETA
3 A DAY GREETING CARDS - DARREN
ARTISTIC EXPRESSION - JOETTA
SIGNATURE STYLE ART - SHARON
ART WITH FLAIR - WILLIAM
ALL THE ROSES - DORA
DIGITAL REALISM - ANNE
HARMONY AND HAPPINESS - ERNESTINE
EXCELLENT SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS - JOE
ARTISTS BEST FIVE ARTWORKS - TINA
ARTISTS NEWS - NADINE AND BOB
FAA FEATURED IMAGES - ROBERT
COLORFUL FLORAL IMAGES - SHIRLEY
ALL FINE ART AMERICA ARTWORKS - NADINE AND BOB
BEAUTIFUL ROSES - BRUCE
WHY NOT GROUP - EVERETT
COMFORTABLE ART - JIM
VINTAGE WITH A SPRINKLE OF MODERN OR FANTASY - TISHA
� Lianne Schneider
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January 1st, 2014
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