Summer Clematis is a digitally enhanced photograph featuring Vinesa Violacea’s wonderous shades of violet. The blossoms hang like stars in an emerald, stained glass effect background. Part of the buttercup family, the genus clematis has over 300 species. These beautiful flowering vines originated primarily in the Far East, primarily China and Japan. Other names they are known by include, traveler’s joy (a British name for the only English native), virgin’s bower, old man’s beard and leather flower or leather vase. The name Clematis itself comes from the Greek, meaning climbing plant. The larger-flowered varieties frequently grace archways, pergolas, and trellises in garden designs. Large 12 – 15 centimeter flowers facing upward are favorites and more recently gorgeous double blooms. Clematis is one of the most popular garden vines because of their prolific masses of splendid flowers and the plant’s easy adaptability. Vines often produce several bursts of flowers in one season. Native American peoples used very small amounts of clematis in this medicine for migraine headaches and nervous disorders, as well as some skin infections. Clematis is also a component of Bach’s rescue remedy. Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art. Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
July 13th, 2021
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