Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Roses of Aphrodite

The Roses of Aphrodite
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"
Prints available on Fine Art America
Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, was running through the forest in hot pursuit of one of her many lovers.  She pricked her finger on a thorny bush.  As her blood spilt onto the vines a bud formed to create the first rose.  This beauty sprung from her pain.

Romeo: Is love a tender thing? it is too rough,
Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.
Mercutio: If love be rough with you, be rough with love;
Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.

And yet...

Gardeners are good at nurturing,
and they have a great quality of patience,
they're tender.
They have to be persistent.
-Ralph Fiennes

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