Thursday, February 11, 2010

Creative Record

An impression of a leaf in mud on the sidewalk. Gone with the rain, its image fleeting as a thought quickly written then erased.

It reminded me of a picture John took of last summer's sidewalk art, created in the same spot by a neighborhood Mondrian. With only sun to wash it away it faded slowly, and we got to enjoy it for a long time. But now it's gone just the same.

I love photography for many reasons, not the least of which is memory-keeping.

Hey, cool: today PDP is mentioned on The Greensward: Civitas.

15 comments:

Saretta said...

That's such a perfect leaf-print!

J+P said...

Wow. Diptych Thursday?

Diederick Wijmans said...

I would have these two hanging on my wall as paintings!! Wonderful photos!

Shell Sherree said...

Both beautiful ~ I especially love the leaf for its serendipitosity.

Louis la Vache said...

A fine image digitally preserved by Petrea!
;-)

bandit said...

Sidewalk "art" is how the Society got its name, an "independant" event to promote the children's Poetry Park.

evening rain
my poems washed away
to feed the earth

(evening rain is a summer "kigo", or code word of Japanese origin)

Sorry to go on, but the banner at HBS is a photo of the walking path around Lake Phalen in St. Paul.
Of more pertinent interest, there is a bike path, also. Keeps the doggies safe from the wheels. And that guy with the pet monkey, and the kids...

There's nothing quite like the impermanence of chalk colors on abraded asphalt. I'd like to do it again this summer; "who is this damn bandit?"

altadenahiker said...

Lovely textures, colors. Suitable for framing.

Petrea said...

While enjoying your lovely compliments I remembered John took the pic of the Mondrian. Can't take all the credit so I rewrote the copy. Thank you. I have about a hundred pictures I'd like to frame and hang up in the house and these would be in the collection; I'd ask permission of our artistic neighbor, of course, and make her a copy.

J+P said...

I'd forgotten I took that. Makes me think of Mondrian's ghost, skulking around the twilit walks, chalk in his pockets, mumbling. Every once in a while he'd stop, stoop and consider …

Later, the odd husband leaving for the early shift would find an impromptu masterpiece, already dissolving under the sprinkler's assault.

Kat said...

I took a picture of a leaf print the other day, too. It's the time of year for these ephemeral bits of sidewalk art...

Great mention in the Greensward Civitas, Petrea!

Bellis said...

Now I'm going to keep an eye open for visits from Mondrian's ghost in my neighborhood. Congrats on the Greensward Civitas mention - I love both Plaza Las Fuentes and the Maguire Gardens and never realized they were related.

Laurie said...

Wonderful, wonderful.

I have a lot of pictures of Little Bit's sidewalk art. There is something so precious about stumbling over one of them. I'm sentimental about signatures in concrete, too.

Have you noticed the leaf impressions in the sidewalk near the lily ponds at the Huntington? We just discovered them yesterday.

AmyR said...

It looks like a fossil, nice find!

Petrea said...

Thanks for visiting Greensward: Civitas. I very much appreciate Laurie Barlow's write-up. She and I have talked on-line for some time now, and finally met at the City Council meeting February 1st.

I haven't see those, Laurie--not that I remember, anyway. I'll have to look more carefully next time.

I like the fossil comparison, Amy--so opposite, too!

Dina said...

Nice!

And nice what they say about you in "The Human Touch" post.