Eileen Malone-Brown

Blue Rhapsody 

This collection of 5 small paintings portrays the varied shades of blue flowers, long used symbolically. As the color of the sky and the sea, blue is associated with depth and stability and has come to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth and heaven, as in “heavenly blue.” 

Nigella damescena
"Persian Violet"
6” X 6” oil on panel

Also known as ‘Devil-in-the-bush,’ this complex flower represents the chains that bind people together, usually in love and sometimes in bitterness. It symbolizes perplexity and intrigue. Love-in-a-mist is one of the flowers portrayed by Edward Burne-Jones, which can be seen in the Delaware Art Museum’s current exhibit, A Secret Book of Designs: The Burne-Jones Flower Book. Nigella is the subject of the painting, Love-in-a-Mist by Pre-Raphaelite-influenced artist, Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)

© Eileen Malone-Brown

Centaurea cyanus

6” X 6” oil on panel

The cornflower is frequently found in medieval illuminations and tapestries. It is associated with the Virgin Mary’s crown and with Christ and heaven. Arts and Crafts potter William de Morgan created tiles inspired by the cornflower.

© EileenMalone-Brown, 2011

Borago officinalis

6” X 6” oil on panel

Borage has symbolized courage since ancient times. A Roman verse states, “Borage, I, borage, always bring courage.” Borage provided inspiration for a fabric and wallpaper design by William Morris.

© Eileen Malone-Brown, 2011

Myosotis alpestris (oblongata)
"Azure Bluebirds"

5” X7” oil on panel

Forget-me-not was calqued from the French, ne m’oubliez pas and symbolizes fond memory. John Everett Milias’ famous Ophelia painting at the Tate Gallery includes forget-me-nots.

© Eileen Malone-Brown, 2011

English Bluebell
Hyancinthoides non-scripta
5” X7” oil on panel

Also known as Scilla nutans (nodding head), bluebells have long been symbolic of constancy, humility and gratitude. They carpet England’s famed bluebell woods each spring as seen in the painting, Bluebells by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), a Dutch painter who befriended many of the Pre- Raphaelites. 
© Eileen Malone-Brown

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