Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Perfume and Peony, Still Life Oil Painting by Linda McCoy

Mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony thus causing this magnificent flower to be given the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers. It was named after P├Žon, a physician to the gods, who obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo. Once planted the Peony likes to be left alone and punishes those who try to move it by not flowering again for several years. Once established, however, it produces splendid blooms each year for decades. (Taken from The Language of Flowers, edited by Sheila Pickles, 1990)

The large perfume bottle is old, I don't know what green liquid occupies the bottle. The small bottle is a Czech cut glass perfume bottle, a tiny charm hangs from the collar.

The peony provides the base for many perfumes. Thierry Mugler has a fragrance named "Angel Peony." I might have to try it.
6"X6" Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. $125.00 tcoy1@msn.com


Sheila Vaughan said...

This painting has a lovely 1920s/1930s feel about it. I also like the way the various objects fit themselves into the frame to make a set of interesting shapes.

Linda said...

Thank you Sheila, glad you like!