What do we need to keep the passion alive: in love, at work, as artists? As you know I love word games and classifications, so I thought I would be talking about the 4 P’s for a durable happy relationship… first, passion, there must be passion to ignite what will be a durable love; then playfulness, which should be kept at all times, no matter the age, stress level or any other excuse, playfulness is the key for laughter, for creativity (in all senses) and a nice feeling of love and care; patience, of course… it is a long game and things do not get built in one day, one year… ! Finally, I would say, perseverance, and that is a difficult one, as it is in the small constant steps that it is possible to build a solid and durable love!
I thought it would be nice to draw some passion flora for this St Valentine, apart of my other “loving” flowers in our garden of everyday. Passion Flora are originally from America, where the Spaniards found these beautiful flowers for the first time. In the Expedicion Botanica in 1783, illustrators recorded several species of passion flower.
I particularly find this a very sexy flower, the long phallus crowned by the flower, the playful and open pistils, are seductive. Humming birds particularly love these flowers as they seduce all sort of winged beings to share their nectar and pollen. Passion flora are mostly climbers, with curly arms twisting around any support. I think that love sometimes is like that, and how we like to put our arms around the loved one… and cuddle…
When I was a child, passion flowers were part of the gardens in the high mountains. I remember that in my neighbourhood one of the gardens have a climbing passion flower, a curuba, a type of passion fruit that it is surrounded by a fluffy peel, the colour can be green but it soon moves toward a sort of pale peach. The fruit is delicious and a velvety smoothie is made with milk. The garden in question was roofed by the beautiful and fragrant passion flower. In other types of climate, those of my childhood holidays with my mum in the Paisa Country, the passion fruit is called maracuya… and this is the variety that is more common in supermarkets in the UK. The fruits that are sold here are dark purple, very small but they are so delicious! The juice is deep yellow, and you can do a smoothie with milk or without it; I prefer it without it because I associate this fruit with tropical climates… indeed, a lovely mousse can be made of passion fruit…mmmm
Like love, passion flora invades your senses… it is astonishingly beautiful, as a plant, but also as a flower… the circular corolla of dancing colours; it is fragrant and once you are under the plant, you feel fresh, protected and enchanted; it tastes delicious and it can be sweet or acid, refreshing or comforting; it is so tactile, so soft, like a small breast trembling at a touch; it is also so visually astonishing, it offers a design, a tapestry of leaves, curly hooks, sexual and colourful flowers.