I bought this little broken porcelain plate at the flea market some time ago. It was not an act of conquering a treasure, it was more a feeling that this small piece has to be saved and protected. I still keep it. For each time I look at it I ask myself, is it so dear to me because of pretty hand painted flowers , or for the fact that someone glued it together so carefully to overcome destiny. But in fact it reminds me, each time again, that it is worth it. It is worth to plant a flower, it is worth to make a bouquet, it is worth to paint a plate, it is worth to glue broken pieces together. Because you newer know when someone would come by and say: look at these pretty flowers, they are worth it!
In the garden snowdrops have finally reappeared. They do show up each spring, but this time I’ve almost missed them. White patches of the last February snow perfectly camouflage tiny white bells I’ve been impatiently waiting since days became few minutes longer. How can these small flowers bring so much joy? Their flowers tiny and white as fresh snow of winter that lasts too long have light green patches , even lighter fresh green stems and leaves of the color green that is the very first green nuance of the spring to come. Promising sun and pink flowers in the orchard.
When I remember Capri I remember lemon trees. Blue blue sky, azure sea and yellow, yellow lemons on the trees. I brought some lemons home from Capri. As they were gone I felt so sad not having any good photos of Capri lemon trees. I had photos of Capri lemons, even of ceramic ones, but of no lemon trees. Searching net for nice pictures of lemon trees I’ve found a picture as bright as those lemons from Capri. And I’ve discovered a great American artist,Charles Demuth. His art makes me happy, as those lemon trees from Capri did.
“Zinnias and a Blue Dish with Lemons” oil on Canvas. Charles Demuth, 1924, from:http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_239022/Charles-Demuth/page-1
The boat ride from Sorrento, Charles Demuth, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Demuth_Charles_The_Boat_Ride_from_Sorrento.jpg
Today I came home quiet late, tired and hungry.How happy I was finding bowl full of plums in the kitchen!I just love them, how sweet-sour they are,they are one of my favorite fruits.And there is still something I love above all besides the plum nutritional facts .It is the bluish hue covering fresh plums, making them look like appearing from blue skies ,bearing something eternal with them.Jet it is only biology and it is called epicuticular wax.Or is it some art as well,inspiring painters since far centuries?Decide it for yourself………..I already know it………..
Mature plum fruit may have a dusty-white coating that gives them aglaucous appearance; this is easily rubbed off. This is an epicuticular waxcoating and is known as “wax bloom”.Plums may have been one of the first fruits domesticated by humans. Plum remains have been found inNeolithic age archaeological sites along with olives, grapes and figs.
|A plum whole and split|
|Subfamily:||Maloideae or Spiraeoideae |
|See text. from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plum|
|Three Friends of Winter|
|The Three Friends of Winter by the Song Dynasty painter Zhao Mengjian|
Culturally, pine, bamboo, and plum are regarded as linked in the context of winter because they flourish together at that season. For this reason they are commonly known as the Three Friends of Winter or referred to simply by their linked names:Song Zhu Mei (松竹梅) in Chinese, transliterated as Sho Chiku Bai in Japanese (literally “pine, bamboo, plum”). The pine and plum-blossom add their fragrance to the cold air and are therefore valued as bringers of distinction to adverse conditions. This is further emphasised by the evergreen qualities of pine and bamboo, added to the early flowering of the plum while snow is still on the ground, and makes of them symbols of perseverance and integrity. In this connection, they also symbolise longevity: bamboo and pine because of their evergreen quality, plum blossom because it reappears on the age-old branches. from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Friends_of_Winter
Prune sur paravent du peintre Kanō Sanraku (17esiècle).from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prune_sur_paravent_par_Kan%C5%8D_Sanraku.jpg
Ogata Korin (1658 – 1716): Red Prunus and White Prunus (left hand screen),from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:White_Prunus_Korin.jpg
Cottage of the Cultivated Plum Trees, painting by Ch’ien Tu #QianDu#,1815,from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:’Cottage_of_the_Cultivated_Plum_Trees’,_painting_by_Ch’ien_Tu_(Qian_Du).jpg
- Left, Hiroshige: Plum Estate, Kameido 1857; from “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”; 13.25 × 8.625 in (33.7 × 21.9 cm);The Brooklyn Museum.
- Right, van Gogh: Japonaiserie, ‘Flowering Plum Tree’ (after Hiroshige), oil on canvas, 55 × 46 cm (21.7 × 18.1 in); Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.