Bleeding hearts

Bleeding hearts


“How invisibly
it changes color
in this world,
the flower
of the human heart.”
— Komachi

Watercolor sketch of bleeding hearts

Watercolor sketch of bleeding hearts



“I like my body when it is with your body.
It is quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.”
—  e.e. cummings

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”
— Emma Goldman

Watercolor sketch of rose petal heart

Watercolor sketch of rose petal heart



Watercolor sketch of rose petal heart

Watercolor sketch of rose petal heart




Hidden Hearts

February 13, 2014

“Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense.”
— e.e. cummings

Snowdrop with green heart

Snowdrop with green heart

Can you find the hidden heart in this little snowdrop?

Snowdrop Valentine

Snowdrop Valentine

Love stamps

Love stamps

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything and your heart will be wrung, and possibly broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal.  Wrap it carefully round with your hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.  But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change.  It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in In Pursuit of Love:  Catholic Morality and Human Sexuality by Vincent Genovesi

I love this reminder to keep my heart soft, vulnerable and open.  Happy Valentine’s Day!


Heart-Shaped Leaves

April 19, 2012

New leaves like burnished gold in the morning light

I pass these trees on my walks to work.  I think they are katsura trees because of their delicate heart-shaped leaves.  I love the dappled colors of these leaves in the morning light.

New leaves of rusty yellow and burnished gold will turn green as they mature.

I love dappled light.

Looking up into the tree's canopy

A train of light reflected from new leaves

Katsura tree with inverted color effect

Leaves aligned in opposites

A jogger encounters a Valentine's Day reminder along the path at Green Lake.

I love the idea of “Art in the Park,” and perhaps even more so when the art appears to pop up spontaneously without the sponsorship of a formal event.  So the Valentine’s Day art at Green Lake was an unexpected delight.  Here are some of the images from my Valentine’s Day walk around Green Lake:

A bouquet of real roses sheltered in the hollow of a Southern Catalpa tree at Green Lake.

Detail of Valentine's Day roses

Valentine garland circles a tree along the path at Green Lake.

I think the rowers were oblivious to this installation of hearts.

A curtain of red carnations dangles near a park bench.

The screen of dangling carnations wafts in the breeze off the lake.

Art in the Park on Valentine's Day

A spot of red, an apple in the crook of a tree at Green Lake

Apple art: another apple impaled on a tree branch at Green Lake

Even this lost fleece jacket, hung on the corner of a park bench, resembled a red Valentine's Day heart.

A heartfelt thanks to the anonymous artists who shared their lovely Valentine’s Day art in the park with us.  And a special thank you to my friend Lynne, who sent me an early morning email urging me to get out for a walk to see these creations in their natural setting.

Snowdrop-Inspired Valentines

February 14, 2012

Watercolor Valentine

Another version of a snowdrop-inspired Valentine