Oils on Wood
150 mm x 200 mm
This is the first of two sisters, wrapped in simple white cloth that represents the tapestry of life made from the threads and themes interwoven behind her.
Birthday May 5th 1999
Interwoven in the background of the portrait are seeds and leaves from the girl’s birth Tree speckled with pearls and small square plaques that contain symbols and associations. These threads join with the draping fabric of life. The fabric of a person’s life is continually being woven creating new and unique patterns.
Birth Tree – 1st May to 14th May – Poplar Tree - Communication
The Polar tree marks a gateway to another world and is known as the talking or whispering tree. It possesses the mastery of speech and language, and imparts good council on those associated with it. The Poplar stood at the gates to Hades in Greek mythology and in the Celtic wold they marked the transcendental realm where secrets and knowledge were imparted. A slender and elegant splendour accompanies those of the poplar tree and their shrewd insight and linguistic skills gives them the ability to persuade and charm when they wish, their natural charisma is an innate and formidable skill.
Pearls symbolise purity of heart, honesty and wisdom, they also bring good fortune.
Birth Sign – 21st April to 2nd May – Taurus – The bull
The bull is an earth sign and naturally strong of character and will. A Taurus is loving, understanding and caring. Trustworthy and approachable, people can unburden themselves and confide in a Taurus. However, under that friendly and affable exterior there is a practicality that can be firm and stubborn so that when they have their mind set on something they can rarely be diverted.
Through the element of Earth a person is grounded in the physical world and through sensible planning and application Earth can offer material comforts and luxuries.
Planetary Sign – Venus
Venus is the Goddess of love and rules the birth sign Taurus. Grace, charm, and beauty are the gifts of Venus. She is emotion, sensuality and sentiment, and she bestows many pleasures in life. Those under her influence are encouraged to explore their artistic and creative inclinations. They exude good taste, style and delight in life, with a captivating nature they are adored by those close to them.
The swan is associated with Venus also known as Aphrodite in Greek mythology. The swan symbolises romance, purity and elegance. The swan will bestow love and harmony.
Birth Flower - May – Lily of the Valley
With this flower comes the sweetness of human nature and bestows humility with its beauty. It gladdens the heart and if there is unhappiness the lily of the valley will guide the way back to blissful contentedness.
Birth Flower – May –Hawthorn
The flowering hawthorn is one of the most powerful symbols of May and it is the flower of the May queen. This flower protects against negative emotions, it brings balance and offers domestic harmony. Those under its influence will be able to bring equilibrium to their own lives and find the same in their dealings with others. They also stand under the formidable protection of the fey folk or fairy folk.
The Red Rose is famed for its association with the goddess Venus and symbolises true love in its ideal form. It is the most easily recognised symbol of beauty, vitality, life, passion and love.
The Iris “eye of heaven” is named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow who is a messenger of the gods. She links the heavens to the mortal world and brings eloquence and wisdom with her council. Those influenced by the Iris will have the courage to impart their good judgment and insight even in the face of great adversity. They will similarly have the ability to recognise and embrace the same good advice from other.
Chinese Zodiac - Earth Rabbit – 17th February 1999 to 6th February 2000
The Rabbit is the happiest sign of the Zodiac; gifted, nice to be with, discreet, refined, reserved, ambitious but not too much so, and virtuous in the bargain. Everyone loves a Rabbit.
Under the influence of the Earth element a Rabbit can become serious and steadfast with a balanced and rational in personality. Personal wellbeing is important to an Earth Rabbit.
The love of horses is shared by many cultures worldwide. Its symbolism is full of vigour and strength. Life is seized with fervour when the horse is with you.
The Greek goddess Artemis rules the moon and is the protector of children and young women. She offers light in the dark and is a formidable guardian. As the goddess of the hunt there is little that can escape Artemis.
The owl is representative of perceptive and reflective wisdom. The Greek goddess Athena could appear as an Owl. She bestows the gifts of enlightenment and learning on those she favours.
Emerald is the birthstone of December and is associated with loyalty, faithfulness and friendship. Emerald enhances perception, intuition and conviction.
`Who first beholds the light of day
In spring's sweet, flower month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.`