Friday, October 16, 2020

Japanese Yellow Wisteria - o/c 36" x 36"

Wisteria flowers bloom in a variety of colors: purple, blue, pink, yellow and white. Symbolism for wisteria is longevity. To date, the oldest one known was planted by a Buddhist monk 1000 years ago in the central Kanto region of Japan.  They continue to stand bringing forth beautiful purple blooms the end of April to early May.  In 1395, an Imperial Prince planted them in the southern Prefecture he lived and designated "The Wisteria" a national natural treasure.  And for that reason, they are also known for honor.

European families mark the ages of generations passing with the growth of this vine, and so it makes sense the vine embodies an essence of immorality.  Fathers and grandfathers tell their sons of stolen kisses beneath the same wisteria that grew during the day of their great grandfather's life.

Perhaps that's why a pondering feeling began before the creation of "Wisteria" and carried forth throughout the 2 month painting process. Numerous memories standing below these stunning blooms and looking upward was magnificent during my years living in the Orient.  What better time was there than now, to create an original oil painting depicting these vines for a collector to enjoy in the present, and share stories for their generations to come?