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Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Sugar is sweet.
And so are you.

The ROSE has always been valued for its beauty and fragrance and has a long history of symbolism and meaning.
The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love (Aphrodite and Venus)

Nice (his)story about the rose:
In Rome a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where confidential matters were discussed. The phrase sub rosa or "under the rose", means to keep a secret derived from this ancient Roman practice.

Early Christians identified the five petals of the rose with the five wounds of Christ.
The red rose was eventually adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs.
Roses also later came to be associated with the Virgin Mary.

Rose culture came into its own in Europe in the 1800's with the introduction of perpetual blooming roses from China,
There are currently thousands of varieties of roses developed for bloom shape, size, fragrance and even for lack of prickles.

Please have a look @the website of my Dutch ArtWanted friend

She dedicated a rose to me!

Currently ROSES ARE RED is displayed at the Rockford Map Gallery Art Exhibit in Wilmington DE, at the 4 GIRLS Exhibit (Nov. 06-Jan.07) (with my three Fellow Art Academy friends) :
Emily Reed,
and Nancy Mattei,
and Kathy Albright.
Note: In the meantime this painting has been juried into different art shows.
(Sept. - Nov.08 Jennerspond's Art Show, West Grove, PA)

Dimensions: 16"- 20" (40.6x50x2 cm )
This acrylic is painted in a variety of reds
on a Gallery type 1 - 1.5 stretchers Creative Edge, Medium Texture Cotton Duck canvas over a wooden frame.
Painted staple free sides. (Doesn't need a frame)

Copyright Olga van Dijk 2006©
Unauthorized copying or use of images is prohibited.
All rights reserved.
This is another OlgArtsProduction©2006

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Adrian Russell-Davies 01 Apr 2011

Stunning! and what a setting for the finished work to bring joy to the room - lovely work Olga.

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Jalal Errazi 28 Feb 2010

Exquiqite palette, Olga : Nice and warm tones, stunning compostion, and great lighting !! Thank you for the lill introductory sweet phrase !

Rita Lang 14 May 2009

how perfectly beautiful and worthy of hanging.

darek koziol 23 Jun 2008

wonderful rose Olga