Literary Calligraphy by Susan Loy

Language of Flowers Selections - "GLADIOLUS: STRENGTH OF CHARACTER"

Susan Loy of Literary Calligraphy in Moneta, VA, joins text from literary classics or Biblical passages with delicate watercolor images and creates a unique bond between fine art and literature.

To the ancient Romans, a gladius was a sword, and a little sword was a gladiolus -- often used by gladiators. The Roman author Pliny the Elder applied the word gladiolus to the flower that is distinguished by its long, sword-shaped leaves, and the name stuck. The theme of the Emily Dickinson text is strength of character:

"We never know how high we are
until we are asked to rise
and then if we are true to plan
our statures touch the skies --
The heroism we recite
would be a common thing
Did not ourselves the cubits warp
for fear to be a king."

"Gladiolus: Strength of Character"
Edition is limited to 1,000 signed and numbered offset lithograph reproductions from the original watercolor.
Print Image Size: 4 1/8" round
Print Paper Size: 7" x 7"
Frame Size: 10" x 10"
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