Valentines

"You and I
Have so much love..."

--Guan Daosheng (artist and poet, Yuan Dyansty)

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A decade ago (back when I had small babies), I had a greeting card company called "Kindle Arts and Cards," which is now no longer in operation.  My husband and I did all our own printing from our house, using artwork I had created.  (I actually still have the originals of most of these, available for purchase.)

Here are some Valentine images; I thought it would be appropriate to share them today. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

 "Amor" collage 5x7"

"Amor" collage 5x7"

 "Belle Etoile" collage, 5x7"  The text in this collage comes from a letter my friend Arista gave to me, when we were in college together.

"Belle Etoile" collage, 5x7"

The text in this collage comes from a letter my friend Arista gave to me, when we were in college together.

 "I wanted to crawl inside the blossoms..." collage, 5x7"

"I wanted to crawl inside the blossoms..." collage, 5x7"

 "My Love" collage, 5x7"

"My Love" collage, 5x7"

 "Ladybug Love" watercolor and acrylic, 5x7"

"Ladybug Love" watercolor and acrylic, 5x7"

Married Love

by Guan Daosheng

 

You and I
Have so much love,
That it
Burns like a fire,
In which we bake a lump of clay
Molded into a figure of you
And a figure of me.
Then we take both of them,
And break them into pieces,
And mix the pieces with water,
And mold again a figure of you,
And a figure of me.
I am in your clay.
In life we share a single quilt.
In death we will share a single coffin.

 "The Kiss" watercolor on paper 5x7"   The inspiration for this watercolor came from an advertisement photograph in a magazine.  I wish I could remember where, so I could give it credit.

"The Kiss" watercolor on paper 5x7"

The inspiration for this watercolor came from an advertisement photograph in a magazine.  I wish I could remember where, so I could give it credit.

 

This poem, Married Love, was written by the artist-poet Guan Daosheng from the Yuan Dynasty (1262-1319).  You can see one of her paintings, plus a portrait painted of her, in my blog post "The Artist: A Tale from Old China."

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Solace: thoughts on marriage

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