peonies

Acrylic 12" x 16"
Peonies are Chinese national flower...I mean, mainland China, you know.

There is a legend that says when the empress (Wu Zetian, the only one in Chinese history) ordered all flowers to bloom in winter, only peonies disobeyed. So peonies were exiled to Luoyang, which is now called the capital of peonies in China. I don't much favor this story in itself as it carries a meaning of sexism - it portrays a woman in power as a tyrant. However, i dislike today that people call peonies a flower of 'richness and power'. At least, in the legend, peonies were warriors. Besides, when did flowers only show their beauties to rich and powerful people? Only the people without spines would do that.

-Complaints from an angry middle aged woman who simply loves acrylic paintings.

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Comment by Kay on June 24, 2017 at 11:43pm

Beautifully painted !!! Laurel you made me laugh  when you said you were an "angry middle age woman."

Comment by Laurel Nichols on June 25, 2017 at 12:22am

:D thank you Kay!

Comment by Suz Darran on June 25, 2017 at 5:29am

well done

Comment by John Andreou on June 25, 2017 at 10:08am

Beautiful Laurel 

Comment by Kathy Orrell on June 25, 2017 at 12:21pm

Beautiful depth of colour and I love Peonies . I enjoyed reading the narrative , way to go  Laurel  !!

Comment by Laurel Nichols on June 25, 2017 at 7:34pm

Thank you very much Suz, John, Kathy and Ted! Your words are encouraging.

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