I am a notorious grinch this time of year, the result of working retail before pursuing the arts.
But I'm a sucker for any plant that has symbolism attached, especially if that symbolism holds through to today, so I decided to swing by my local flower market and pick up some mistletoe (and other lovely winter greenery) to photograph for my collages.
Mistletoe picked up is romantic symbolism in ancient Greece, where it was often used in marriage ceremonies. And later the Romans would hold peace meetings under it, a sign of good faith.
However, I prefer the Norse symbolism. Baldur is the doomed son of Odin and Frigg. Frigg, being the goddess of love, decided to do a grassroots campaign to save her son, and petitions all the plants and animals to never harm him. Unluckily, she forgot to catch up with Mistletoe, and Loki fashions a spear from it and fulfills the prophecies.
Depending on who tells the story, she is able to revive Baldur, and thus rewards Mistletoe by declaring it a symbol of love.
In reality, Mistletoe is merely a parasitic plant that grows on a variety of trees. I was lucky to find a great bunch at the market, and I look forward to weaving it into my artwork in the future.
If you need a bit of a festive update for your laptop, I updated my free wallpapers to include some of these more wintery vibes. Just click here.
I'm looking forward to the new year; I have some big plans and a new gallery to work with. Thank you as always for keeping up with me and supporting my artwork.