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The ever lovely, talented and kind *machine-guts


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I conceived of the idea for flower code portraits more than a year ago. It has been sitting on my task list for all that time, and it was not until the beginning of 2007 that I began the first one, and I did not unfortunately have the time to finish it until last weekend.

Flower code, also known as floriography or the Victorian language of flowers, is a practice that has existed in eastern cultures for some time, and was made popular in Victorian society. Each flower or plant was assigned a meaning, and a bouquet of such flora could be given to the recipient to communicate a message. Whether declarations of undying love, attestment of loyalty and friendship, a pointed insult or invitation to enmity or merely a token praising the intended's unique qualities, they were a beautiful, elegant and transient form of cryptography.

I have been captivated by the idea of floriography for some time and would love to see the practice revived, but I am aware that the art of giving flowers is reserved these days for romantic courters, certain hallmark holidays and sickbeds and funerals. So I decided that I would do a series of portraits including flower codes in the artwork.

These portraits are intended as both symbols of and messages to their subjects, whom I hold dear.

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:iconravynsky:
ravynsky Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
beautiful ..
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VirginiaVitamins Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
What a neat concept! And a gorgeous picture. I love the translucency of her eye
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hsupertiger Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
lovely and deeply meaningful--i'm so glad you completed this!

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:iconsoma:
soma Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you, dearest. I am too!
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passenger Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Student
Wonderful,

and not only because it's nice to see work from you.
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:iconsoma:
soma Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you, and thank you more.

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BronzeRocket Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
I love the sense of depth in here, especially in her lips. I think I secretly want to marry her now.
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sakeofmercy Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
Me too..
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:iconsoma:
soma Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
That is a lovely, lovely compliment, to both me and to her.

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deejbard Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
That is simply gorgeous.
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:iconsoma:
soma Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you, so much. I didn't do her justice, even.
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MischievousPooka Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Beautiful pic!
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soma Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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