Perhaps my brush was guided by my innate January being, and the carnation simply flowed onto the paper. Some of that may be so, but it is more likely due to the fact that the carnation is one flower that is easily abstracted and still recognizable.
The carnation's history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times, when it was used in art and décor. Christians believe that the first carnation bloomed on earth when Mary wept for Jesus as he carried the cross.
Meanings of the carnation include fascination, distinction and love. Light red carnations are often used to convey admiration and deeper reds express sentiments of love and affection. White carnations are associated with purity and luck, and pink carnations are often given as a sign of gratitude. In the early part of the 20th Century, carnations became the official flower of Mother's Day...white for the memory of ones Mother in heaven and red for ones Mother still living.
To this day, carnations remain a favorite flower as they are immediately recognizable flowers that possess a charm and allure that continues to captivate. In many parts of the world, carnations are the first choice over many flowers including roses. Their long lasting freshness and variety of colors make them a mainstay in the floral industry.
If your birth flower is carnation...
You are a sensitive person.
You are very protective towards your family and friends.
You are very ambitious and aim to achieve big things in life.
You are a very helpful friend.