Votive Offering – Holly and the Ivy
(for protection, love and endurance)
Holly, showing life even in the depths of winter, is a protective plant. In classical times Holly protected houses either as a bough above a door or planted around the house, the spiny leaves wounded evil spirits and stopped spells and curses. Ivy, lush and evergreen, clinging and entwining, here symbolizes the enduring connection and strength of friendship and love.
I found the Holly and Ivy in my local woods recently, they lifted my spirits, so beautiful, the dancing Holly leaves, the fireworks of Ivy flowers, the spirited red berries. I have painted this posy of it and would like the image to send out good wishes to you all in these strange and dark days.
The painting is watercolour on paper, 35x35cm,
Above you can see images of the painting, the woods, the posy I made and the painting in progress.