Back in the studio at last! My sick patient is on the mend. So...a spider mum from class last week. I just looked up their meaning and got a few surprises, one being in the U.S. they are also known as "Football Mums" because they appear so frequently in homecoming corsages. Who knew? If you talked about a "Football Mum" in Canada I think the florist would be completely confused and maybe just give you a giant globe mum? Any florists out there who can give us the scoop?
I always used to associate mums with funerals and disliked them for that reason, but now I've come to appreciate them. And especially spider mums. I find them quite beautiful in their structure and wonderfully showy. Apparently in the States they also convey "elope with me" (romantic!) and are said to impart a bohemian style to wedding bouquets. But, in Europe they represent death and are placed in funeral arrangements. Well, we are part of the Commonwealth but I thought that was a universally North American thing. Again, anyone know? I also learned that they (well, chrysanthemums) are the national flower of Japan and are celebrated at their "Festival of Happiness". Perhaps my favourite fact was that NASA states they are toxin removers: they are reported to remove 61% of formaldehyde in their environment.
6" x 6" / oil on panel / SOLD