Artwork > Reflections of Nature, Agua Client Park

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Queen of the Night Alter Painting
Reverse glass painting
14" x 30"

If the title sounds a bit poetic, it's because this amazing night blooming cactus flower is poetry in nature. Queen of the night is this regal flower's nickname.

Painted onto the glass on the backside of the glass, reverse glass painting or Verre Eglomise has a long history in European Painting where it has been known since the 14th century as a traditional painting technique.

This large piece is extremely unique with a gorgeous handcrafted wood, custom alter style frame.
The quote on the frame: "O' thou art fairer than the evening air, Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars." - Christopher Marlow

Here in the Tucson desert, big events are planned around the blooming that occurs Once A Year for One Night. For one special night the air is filled with the heavy scent of vanilla as these flowers start to open at night.

You have to experience it to really get the magic of this very special cactus flower. I have several that bloom around a window and I sit with a chair at night and a glass of wine, the air scented and watch the magic unfold almost in a time lapse before my eyes :)
Thinking in that moment each time "it's good to be me!"