The Pansey

“Nobody can keep on being angry if she looks into the heart of a pansy for a little while.”

. . . L.M. Montgomery

I have been busy working on my second collage, in a four part series, on flowers. However, I have to admit I’ve had a hard time deciding, which flowers to use. After much deliberation, I decided that the second flower I will be exploring is the pansy. I chose the pansy because I have always been drawn to them. Pansies signal to me that summer is on the way.

The book The language of Flowers, by Marina Heilmeyer acknowledges the pansy’s religious significance. The eye of the pansy is surrounded by lines of color, which are associated with the radiating light of the holy trinity. In Christian religion the holy trinity is an important idea to grasp. It is my understanding that the trinity is made up of God, the son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit, which is in all of us. Even though the parts appear as separate they are essential all one.

The name pansy comes for the French word Pensee, which means “thought”. The flower was given this name because of its human like expression of a person in deep thought. In Europe the pansy is considered a symbol of loyalty, and engaged couples gave one another pictures of themselves surrounded by pansies. The pansy is also thought to have the power to strengthen ones memory.

The digital art collage below is my “Ode to the Pansy”. It can be purchased online at my Etsy store. (This image is copyrighted and can’t be printed or copied for any reason.)