McLean Sheperd
Cross Species Pollination
2009
mixed media on canvas
44 x 60"
The subtitle of this piece is: Preparing the Bride for the Bridegroom: The Cleansing.

It is a part of the Mystical Marriage series that I am currently working on. It reflects the psychic marriage between amina and animus within a being. It also involves the marriage of the divine Self with the human self. This painting is one of preparation for that marriage. The cleansing is one stage that would prepare a bride for a bridegroom (gathering flowers for a bouquet would be another, see the work in progress by that title)

Another layer of this painting (and many of my paintings) involves the influence of flowers on human consciousness. No doubt, we are influenced by the company we keep. This includes, in no subtle way, the presence of flowers. Lilies, Orchids, Hydrangeas, Sunflowers and Gerber Daisies are some that I return to again and again to paint; I want and need what they offer.
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