“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees takes off his shoes…”
(Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Commissioned painting, acrylics on wood, approx. 18 x 12 in. (45.5 x 29.5 cm) – one of a kind. The whole plaque, including the writing, was painted by hand, without any stencils.
The plant is called ‘Dictamnus albus’, also known as ‘burning bush’, ‘gas plant’, or ‘fraxinella’. What makes it very interesting is the fact that it produces volatile oils which can catch fire in hot, dry weather, but without injuring the plant! Because of this, the plant has been compared to the burning bush described in the Bible (Exodus 3) – a bush which was burning, yet it was not consumed, and from which God spoke to Moses. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s lovely poetry lines also allude to the same passage.