I have a couple bushes in my yard that I picked out not just because they are a gorgeous blue and have this amazingly soft fern like texture”but also because of their name, Artemisia.
When I saw them, I just had to plant them all over my yard. I wanted to have Artemisia living at my house with me. In truth, I wanted to be reminded of Artemisia Gentileschi, the Italian Baroque painter.
She was an exceptional painter, and woman. Women were considered inferior and not capable of painting historical or religious paintings. Artemisia proved them all wrong with her naturalistic approach. Her turbulent relations with men and her experiences as a women came through in many of her paintings. The heroines in her paintings had a strong resemblance to many of her self portraits. You might recognize some of her paintings from art history class, but next time you find yourself strolling down the garden section at home depot – consider planting some Artemisia.
…but try not to loose your head.