Jill M. Hodgson


12"x16"   Oil

The narcissus is traditionally associated with vanity. In Greek mythology Narcissus became so obsessed with his beautiful reflection in a pool of water that he fell asleep and drowned. The first narcissus then grew in that place. This subject is portrayed in the 1903 painting, Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse. 

© Jill M. Hodgson, 2011

Passion Forward

16x20    Graphite and colored pencil

The passion flower was named by early 16th century Jesuit missionaries, who likened its unique physical characteristics to elements of the story of the crucifixion. In more secular circles it has been considered to represent human love. A striking background of passion flowers can be seen in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Blue Bower. 

© Jill M. Hodgson, 2011


8"x10"     Oil

Symbolizing pensive, romantic thoughts, the heart shaped petals of the pansy were once believed to have magical powers as a love potion. In Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Titania fell asleep with dew from pansies on her eyelids, destined to fall in love with the first person she saw when she awoke. The tapestries of Edward Burne-Jones include brown and purple pansies.

© Jill M. Hodgson, 2011

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