A look into the inspiration behind the work.

Summer Solstice


Acrylic on Canvas 48"x36"

This piece features the Kansas wildflower St. John's The dark spots on the petals are said to represent drops of St. John's blood. KSwildflower.org

Saint John who had been sentenced to death was beheaded violently. Saint John's splashing holy blood formed the red oil spots on the translucent yellow leaves of St. john's wort . The Saint's healing power passed to St. John's wort and the plant was called the root of Saint John.

The medicinal property of St. John's wort for many different health problems raised it to a legendary level and made it the subject matter of myths and folk beliefs.

In Ancient Rome they called the St. John's wort the "demon scare". It was a talisman hanged in houses for driving away and being protected from the evil spirits. Besides that, it was believed to be protecting the house from thunderbolt and death. Ottoman soldiers used to carry with them the oil of St. John's wort for to treat wounds. Much more at StJohnsWortOil.com The magickal herb

It was customary in Britain and Europe on St John's Eve, to gather certain herbs, such as St John's wort, vervain, trefoil and rue, all of which were believed to have magical properties. St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) does, in fact, have scientifically proven anti -depressant qualities. Drinks were brewed from it to cure madness, sciatica, epilepsy and paralysis. The salve made from the herb cured wounds from spears and swords - or, so it is said.

Flowers of St John's wort used to be collected in Britain and Europe on St John's Eve (June 23rd) and worn on the body or hung over doorways as protection against witches. It was also placed near windows as witches can look in to cast a spell. Even in recent times the people of the Landes district of France would make crosses of wort on their doors. In Britain, one old custom was for a maiden to pick a sprig of St John's wort and wear it in her bosom until Christmas, by which time the man who was to be her husband, and he alone, would see it and take it from her. More at WilsonsAlmanac.com

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Apollo in Delphos Facing the Morning Sun - Large


This piece is from the Kansas Wild Flower Series
original painting by Michelle Leivan

Size
48" x 36" on 3/4" deep canvas. Gallery wrapped (image extends around edge) this makes it ready to hang without a frame.

Description
This is an original painting; it is not a print or reproduction. This piece was painted with professional grade paints to create a piece that offers cheerful addition to any setting needing a touch of vibrant color.

Media
Professional grade acrylics on quality canvas and it glazed with a UV protectant seal.

Artist's Comments
This is a larger version of the smaller piece with the same name Apollo in Delphos... 20"x16"
SouthWind Gallery owner, Gary Blitsch asked me to recreate the two pieces accepted by the Art in Embassies program, but make them large so that he could put them in the gallery window. This is the second of the two. Stop in the gallery to see them if you get a chance.

Customer Feedback
"Michelle is a wonderful artist and very professional to work with." - Cheryl Logan
"I love having a Leivan in my entryway, it brightens up the entire space." - Carol Turner
"I enjoy Michelle's wild flower series so much I had to have two!" - Karen Hiller

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Apollo in Delphos Facing the Evening Sun - Large Acrylic on Canvas 48"x36"


This is a larger version of the smaller piece with the same name Apollo in Delphos... 20"x16"
SouthWind Gallery owner, Gary Blitsch asked me to recreate the two pieces accepted by the Art in Embassies program, but make them large so that he could put them in the gallery window. This is the first of the two. Stop in the gallery to see them if you can.

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Three Amigos - Acrylic on Canvas - 48"x36"


I was asked to place a couple of large pieces in Congress Woman Lynn Jenkin's office. I had many of my large pieces already committed so, here is a piece I made especially for the request. I just love the dancing "skirts" on these little cone flowers.

The other piece I selected for the venue is my "Big Sky Beauty" Which is another popular piece from my Kansas Wildflower Series

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