Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Keeping it Sweet..."

...today's "Fancy Full Heart"
was inspired
by a trip to Vienna I took, solo, a lifetime ago.
My heart is indelibly adorned
with dreams of "Apfelstrudel mit Schlag*"
and
flowering gardens with wild peacocks,
and
the images of the instantly intoxicating cafe life
of this elegant, magical city.
Vienna had it all for me...
a powerful, poignant history, extravagant palaces,
graceful parks, meandering streets,
captivating architecture,
scrumptious culinary delights,
wineries, forests, old railway stations,
surprises around every corner,
and
hearty, generous people.
She was my launching pad for a summer filled with
alpine adventure.
She is one of my most favorite places to be...
maybe, because she played such an
important part in my
personal "coming of age" process
all those years ago.
My only regret about Vienna...
and
that exuberant, carefree summer of travel...
was I met her during my pre sketchbook life...
which, honestly, in reality,
I cannot believe ever existed. :)
Psst...JGL...
at the time, this was that "big trip" that found ME...;)
All journeys have secret destinations
of which the traveler
is unaware.”
~
Martin Buber
*Warm apple strudel with hand beaten whipped cream...
definitely something from heaven above...:)

9 comments:

Elena (Pelusa) said...

I really enjoyed this series of hearts. Such a great idea, and so well done!!
Congrats!

E*phi said...

What a wonderful drawing! I really like it. And I'm not just saying this because I'm from Austria! (Actually, I really hate Vienna - that city somehow makes me feel depressed. But I can imagine it's a nice place to visit from a tourist's point of view.) ;D

Carole Meisenhelter said...

you have beautiful memories if not art from your travels in Vienna. The colours again are amazingly beautiful, as is your artwork Margaret.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is great that you have such indelible memories to treasure. Beautiful heart message.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I used that exact quote for our NZ travel journals! Absolutely LOVE your hearts! And want to hear more about that Vienna trip! 2 weeks!!!!!:) jgl:)

Alex said...

It's sad to know that this is the last one, but I really like the cool colors you used in this. It's given it kind of a matured look to your motif.

BarbaraB said...

Wonderful, delicate design with gorgeous color application. It's nice that it came from your memory of a special place.

ffyrebird said...

This has been such a lovely series, sad to see its end! I love the delicacy of this heart and the soft, cool colors.

nanke's stuff said...

Yes, the colors you chose have given this one a totally different feel from your others. I like it very much. nancy