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Lady of January



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"Lady of January", 10x20 inches, watercolors and ink on illustration board with a hint of white gel pen and silver liquid leaf accents.
ORIGINAL PAINTING:  Available soon!  Stay tuned for details.
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See more of the "Ladies of the Months" series here.

The Lady of January bears the Carnation and Snowdrops and dons the stone of Garnet. The pink Carnation conveys undying love while the Snowdrop represents hope in sorrow. The Garnet will bring her serenity, passion, and balance.

The next Lady has arrived! The mythology of January's flowers and stones is particularly fascinating. The Snowdrop was known to Elizabethans as flowers of death, considering their propensity to burst forth from beneath the snow in churchyards.

In Korea, the carnations were used for divination. A young girl would place three carnations in her hair. If the top flower died first, the girl would know that the last years of her life will be difficult. If the middle flower died first, her youth will be difficult. If the bottom flower should die first, the girl knows that her whole life will be miserable.

Lady of January also draws inspiration from Persephone, for she waits in Winter's shadow for the coming of spring, which is why I chose to have a Grecian motif for this painting.  The Garnet also comes from the word Granatum, or grain, because of the uncut stone's resemblance to pomegranate seeds, the very same fruit whose seeds cursed Persephone to the underworld.

More of this series:
Ladies of the Months Series by AngelaSasser  Ladies of the Months Mask Series by Angelic-Artisan

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