FLOWERS One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is that flower bouquets are on every corner. To me, flowers are beautiful unspoken poems about the harmony & beauty of the natural world & an assurance that Nature is perfect & joyous.
I think this heart-shaped flower arrangement is a wonderful homage to my love for flowers. Heart motifs are lovely & timeless.
Adelaide’s is a florist in La Jolla, California, which is known for their artistic floral arrangements. The outside patio area is filled with buckets of flowers arranged by colors. You can buy one flower or a bouquet. This year Adelaide’s displayed the floral arrangements you can order, posted the prices! and gave them clever names. The commercialism of Valentine’s Day, taking beautiful flowers and making them into a product to buy someone’s love. Even the live tulips were not exempt from marketing their beauty.
The cards are picked over, the chocolates consumed, the flower bouquets given & hopefully love has been kindled or re-united. I hope the flowers lives were not given in vain. I know that I am returning to the garden where the flowers thrive among the bees & butterflies!
HEART BOOK – This is a small main heart book with two smaller heart books inside. The smaller books contain rice paper pages with Japanese brush paintings of butterflies. The paper used on the front of the Heart Book and the for the cover of the small inside books is embellished with Paste Paper. Making Paste Paper reminds me of finger painting as a child as it is essentially putting paint on sturdy paper and then moving it around with serrated-toothed tools to create patterns. This heart book was entered into an informal competition and took Best of Show.