My orchid is in bud. My pot of Primroses is in bud. My Geraniums are just hanging on waiting for spring. Thus there are no blooms in my Valentine's arrangement unless you count my Christmas pomegranates and cherries still on display. Soon they will look too wintry or my other plants will flower and it will be time for a total change of scene. But for now, I just kept bringing out items as I remembered them, enjoying having such a long surface to use to create my paen to Valentine's Day
I started with our Italian candlestick which functions as an angel in December and as a putti in February. A little felt heart emphasizes the message. Mark's small sculpture of Robert Indiana's "Love" is joined by his photo of the same and a card I noticed of a 2D version of the work sitting out on a shelf in the basement. Clearly one of our favorite pieces of art in any of its forms.
These days we give each other gifts on holidays and birthdays as the mood strikes, knowing neither of us will be offended if a gift isn't forthcoming on every occasion. I often used to give Mark children's books or at least those whose only purpose was to spread a bit of whimsey in the world, like this little volume that illustrates the words to Cole Porter's famous song, "Let's Do It." At either end of the book are origami critters by Madison artist Rumi O'Brien offering their hearts. (I think they are actually rats knowing Rumi!)
The other book is by one of Mark's favorite poets, e.e. cummings, with magical illustrations by Marc Chagall. It is a perfect pairing of poet and painter.
At the other end of the table is a book that I made as a Valentine's gift for Mark. It is a Kolo brand book that I filled with his photos of our garden.
This group includes a hand-painted, hand-made articulated figure whose joints move with small spirals of brass wire, also hand-made. I bought this many years ago at the old Madison Art Center. When I put it out this year I realized the artist's name is written in faded pencil on the back: J. Fasse.
Jane teaches at Edgewood College and we own four of her paintings. Years ago a friend and I took a day-long drawing workshop with her and all this time I've never realized she was the one who made this charming and creative figure.
This little origami couple were also made by Rumi O'Brien. If you look at the first picture at the top of the post you will notice that she is encased in his arms. That's right; she can slip in and out of his embrace. Just one more of Rumi's clever creations.