Red Hearts and More

I’ve got five sources of inspiration for this post: 1) February is Heart Month in Canada, 2) Valentine’s Day is coming up, 3) Marsha’s Wednesday Quotes challenge, 4) Terri’s Sunday Stills February Red colour challenge, and 5) My Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC). So, I had fun selecting my digital images and created the following galleries with some quotes.

Red Hearts

A walk in the Distillery District yielded four heart displays: A bubbly heart made of fabric by Designs by the Yard, a soft heart made with red and some blue thread (unknown artist), a big red heart and a Love sign by artist Mathew Rosenblatt. The first two displays were temporary and the last two were permanent. The Love sign is full of locks.

“The locks are a symbol of love and that is emotional and beautiful. When people walk by they see, symbolically by all these locks left here, all this love.”

“We are all artists. We can express in different ways but our life, at the end of day, is our biggest sculpture. Each day we take brush strokes with our actions.”

Mathew Rosenblatt

Another walk in Yorkville led me to discover paintings by artist Anthony Ricciardi. The information sheet at these paintings stated that the artist is colour blind and self-taught. He left the comfort and clout of the corporate finance world to pursue his true passion and lifelong dream: Art. His collections have been showcased worldwide in Toronto, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, London, and Brazil.

“Incredible things happen when you Follow Your Heart.”

Anthony Ricciardi

Red Flowers

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times for florists. I have many red flower photos to enjoy. I look forward to Spring when red camellias, peonies and roses bloom in outdoor gardens and I can touch their lovely soft petals.

Red Cars

Some cars give the driver and the passenger heart-pumping or heart-stopping effects.

Red Corvette
Red Pontiac

If you could drive one of the cars, which one would you pick?

Weekend Coffee Share

I’d love for you to share what’s been happening, simple joys from your week, and/or favourite public art around the world in the comments or Weekend Coffee Share linkup #106 InLinkz below.

Have a wonderful weekend and however you choose to spend February 14th, happy Valentine’s Day!

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103 thoughts on “Red Hearts and More

  1. Alison February 10, 2023 / 8:38 am

    Happy Valentine’s Natalie
    I hope you receive cards and flowers. Beautiful images of hearts ❤️


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 6:52 pm

      Thank you, Ali. I’m pleased you like the images of hearts. Happy Valentine’s to you, too.


  2. leannelc February 10, 2023 / 8:41 am

    Hi Natalie – loved the red and the hearts – it definitely evoked Valentine’s Day for me – hope you have a happy one and thanks for sharing the love 🙂


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 6:55 pm

      Happy Valentine’s, Leanne. It was fun to put this post together. I’m pleased you loved the red and the hearts. Thank you for linking up.


  3. dawnkinster February 10, 2023 / 9:23 am

    We’ve been married 32 years, 33 in September. I think after the first Valentines Day we’ve pretty much ignored it. Maybe this year I’ll make him a cake. 🙂


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 6:59 pm

      Dawn, Congratulations on your long marriage! A daily dose of tender loving care beats any commercialized Valentine’s celebration. A homemade cake is definitely an expression of love. Happy Valentine’s!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Writing Sparkle February 10, 2023 / 10:07 am

    That is definitely a Valentine’s inspiring post. Thanks for sharing, Natalie.


  5. restlessjo February 10, 2023 / 11:45 am

    Art is such a strange world, isn’t it? It means so many different things to people. I can’t imagine giving up my living to create art, but then, I was never an artist. And so much of what I look at I don’t particularly like, so why would I expect other people to like it? But it’s good to know that it can happen. Happy Valentine’s week, Natalie! Wishing you lots of red roses.


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you for the warm wishes, Jo. I think for artistic people, they need to create. Fortunately, there are so may forms of art that we’ll find something we like. Happy Valentine’s week to you, too.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Gail Is This Mutton February 10, 2023 / 12:23 pm

    Amazing to see what you can find on walks. I think I would choose the veteran car! Good to “meet” you again, I found your linkup via Deb’s World. I’ll add you to my list of linkies.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:14 pm

      Gail, Welcome to my weekly linkup! Feel free to join in any weekend. Every time I step outside, I discover something new so I truly enjoy my walks. Happy Valentine’s week!


  7. Retirement Reflections February 10, 2023 / 12:40 pm

    Hi, Natalie – What a wonderful way to celebrate February and all things Valentine’s Day. As part of my own celebration, I asked ChatGPT to write a VD poem for my husband, Richard. It was hilarious — including telling him that he had a cute butt and that I loved him with all my house (no typo hear). It gave us both a good laugh and was a great start to our Valentine’s Day!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:18 pm

      Hi Donna, A good laugh is a wonderful start to Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing what ChatGPT came up with. That’s hilarious. I’d frame that poem 🙂


  8. Janis @ February 10, 2023 / 1:54 pm

    I love all those hearts! My husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentines Day (although, if he wanted to give me some chocolate, I wouldn’t turn it down 🙂 ) but the imagery is bright and cheery, and I like that.


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:22 pm

      Janis, Chocolate also works for me 🙂 I had fun putting this post together. I’m pleased you love those hearts.


  9. Marsha February 10, 2023 / 2:28 pm

    I love all the red. I also love Janis’ comment about chocolate. As far as cars go, I love the looks of the Corvette best. We had an old one – 67 or 68, I think. Vince sold it pretty quickly. The front of it was so long you could hardly drive it! The one you took looks fun to drive. I’d pick it in an instant. I love all the public art, too. It’s amazing that a blind person could draw those pictures. We had a speaker at our church a long time ago who was paralyzed and painted with her teeth. Her name is Joni Eareckson Tada


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:29 pm

      Marsha, I thought of you when I included my car photos in this post 🙂 The artist that I mentioned (A. Ricciardi ) is colour blind, not blind. Thank you for sharing about Joni E. Tada who has amazing accomplishments in spite of her disability.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marsha February 11, 2023 / 12:47 am

        Awww, my face is Corvette red. LOL. I must have read too fast. I wondered how a blind person could paint! It’s so amazing when people are so determined to succeed in spite of huge obstacles. I love reading about and meeting people like that. Thanks for linking.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Natalie February 11, 2023 / 7:58 pm

          Yes, it’s inspiring to read about and meet people who overcome huge obstacles and live a full life.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Marsha February 11, 2023 / 10:58 pm

            A big amen to that statement! Have a great week. You inspire us without even mentioning any obstacles. 🙂


            • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 8:46 am

              Aww, thank you Marsha. You gave me a big compliment 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

              Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:36 pm

      Don, Thank you for your visit and comment. I saw the love locks on Pont des Arts. I also saw love locks on a bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I prefer bridges without locks. The Pont des Arts is beautiful on its own.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Debbie February 10, 2023 / 3:02 pm

    That’s a great depiction of love Natalie – my favourite is the word love spelt out in locks, such a clever take on the whole lovelocks theme!
    As to the car I’d probably go for the first one, just for the thrills! We’ve never really celebrated Valentine’s Day but it’s fun to see how others do. Your 5 inspirations worked perfectly!


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you, Debbie. I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. I had fun writing it up. That LOVE sign is very popular with visitors. The first red car would be a thrill to drive. Excellent pick 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Thistles and Kiwis February 10, 2023 / 3:39 pm

    What a great idea for a post! Love the street art of course. I’m on holiday amd justnn my iPad so will do my best to link up.


      • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:43 pm

        Thank you for linking up while you’re on holiday. I hope you’re having a great time. No worries about the typos.


  12. Lydia C. Lee February 10, 2023 / 3:42 pm

    What a lovely, lovely post!! I love the love locks installation (which is funny because I hate them on bridges – what started as a spontaneous thing is sort of annoying and less charming when they’ve been engraved at an engraver and seems completely unoriginal. But this, I love. Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s day, whatever you do!


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you, Lydia. I’m pleased you enjoyed the post and the Love sign. I don’t like love locks on bridges either. Happy Valentine’s week!


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:47 pm

      Thank you Teresa. I’m pleased you love the hearts. I’ll be over to your blog shortly.


  13. Liesbet @ Roaming About February 10, 2023 / 4:50 pm

    Until I saw your post pop up in my inbox, I wasn’t aware that Valentine’s Day is upon us. We don’t celebrate this, but it’s a good time to contemplate about love and the color red. 🙂

    I’d take a ride in that classic car, please! I hope your winter is going well, Natalie!


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 7:59 pm

      Hi Liesbet, Winter is going very well. We had two bitter cold days last week and that’s it so far. This week’s daytime highs are a few Celsius degrees above freezing point so no ice and no snow accumulation. Next week’s forecast is mild, too. I hope you’re enjoying Colombia. Have a wonderful weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Jennifer Jones February 10, 2023 / 5:07 pm

    I love these red hearts Natalie. The paintings by Anthony Ricciardi amazes me. For someone who is colour blind and self taught to be so talented blows my mind.


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 8:01 pm

      Jennifer, I’m pleased you love the red hearts and A. Ricciardi’s paintings. I was impressed by his talent, too. Good for him to follow his passion for art.


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you, Jill, for your comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Terri Webster Schrandt February 10, 2023 / 6:53 pm

    Lots of fun reds you share this week, Natalie! The love locks in the one public art shot must be amazing to see in person! Like you, I will be super excited to see floral blooms in spring–closer to late April for us. I’ll have your link live first thing Sunday morning. Enjoy your weekend!


    • Natalie February 10, 2023 / 8:06 pm

      Terri, That LOVE sign with locks is very popular with visitors and it’s beautiful to see IRL, especially with the red bricks behind it. I’ll do ping back once your SS post goes live. Thank you hosting for the monthly colour challenge. I had fun putting this post together.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie February 11, 2023 / 6:44 pm

      Ali, Thank you for your PPAC contribution. I enjoyed seeing Dublin through your lens. Sometimes when we look for a colour, it’s not there and when we don’t look for it, it’s everywhere 🙂


  16. Joanne February 11, 2023 / 5:43 am

    What a fun collection of red and hearts. My favorite is probably the love sign with the locks.


    • Natalie February 11, 2023 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you, Joanne. That Love sign is a popular photo spot.


  17. trentpmcd February 11, 2023 / 7:54 am

    Love all of the heart photos.
    I have a friend who is a good artist. His paintings were, well, different. One day he admitted that he is color blind. Saying Anthony Ricciard is color blind reminded me of George.
    Of course, red corvettes reminds me of the artist formerly known as Prince…
    Have a great weekend!


    • Janet Alcorn February 11, 2023 / 11:09 am

      Same here. I’ll probably have “Little Red Corvette” going through my head all day.

      Liked by 2 people

      • trentpmcd February 11, 2023 / 11:16 am

        Glad I am not the only one with that song on the brain now…

        Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie February 11, 2023 / 6:54 pm

      I also thought of “Little Red Corvette” song and Prince.

      Liked by 1 person

      • trentpmcd February 12, 2023 / 8:07 am

        lol, I think all of the weekend coffee share folk are now humming that song.


          • trentpmcd February 12, 2023 / 10:36 am

            Yep, I agree – the weekly theme music 🙂


  18. Michelle Churchman February 11, 2023 / 10:39 am

    What a great photo essay on red and love! I am amazed that a color blind can pain and make a living from his work. It’s awesome to read stories like that.


    • Natalie February 11, 2023 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you, Michelle, for your comment. I was impressed how a colour blind person can paint so well, too.

      Liked by 1 person

        • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 7:52 pm

          No worries. It happens to all of us now and then.


  19. Karen February 11, 2023 / 11:10 am

    Red is my favorite color. I enjoyed all your red themed pictures. I wanted to lean in & smell the roses. #Weekendcoffeeshare


    • Natalie February 11, 2023 / 6:57 pm

      Karen, I’m pleased you enjoyed my red themed pictures. I look forward to spring when flowers bloom everywhere.


  20. Janet Alcorn February 11, 2023 / 11:11 am

    Lovely post! I had to Google love locks–had never heard of them. The whole idea of a lock as a symbol of love is weird to me, but then I watch a lot of serial killer documentaries, so locks don’t seem so romantic 🙂


    • Natalie February 11, 2023 / 7:01 pm

      Thank you, Janet. Love locks are popular in some European cities that I’ve been to and they are attached to bridges. Not a good idea.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 8:48 am

      Thank you, Sofia. Good to have something fun for the weekend.

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Maria February 12, 2023 / 10:34 am

    Red, love, hearts and flowers are all beautiful and makes for a wonderful theme ❤


    • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Maria. My intention was something fun and bright for the weekend 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Ally Bean February 12, 2023 / 12:40 pm

    Beautiful photos that are perfectly Valentine-y. I adore where you live and what you see. Thanks for sharing.


    • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Ally. It was fun putting this post together.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. csuhpat1 February 12, 2023 / 1:05 pm

    So very cool. I love those hearts at the distillery district. A sweet post. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.


    • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 5:13 pm

      Thank you, Patrick. I’m pleased you love those hearts. Have a great week ahead!


    • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 5:14 pm

      Thank you, Pam. I’m pleased you find those quotes moving. Something to think about.


  24. Astrid February 12, 2023 / 4:03 pm

    I really love those quotes, especially the Matthew Rosenblatt one. I also love how you find such interesting things to photograph each time.


    • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you, Astrid. I’m pleased you love those quotes. I go outside almost daily and the city has a lot of interesting public art to photograph.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Julie February 12, 2023 / 8:26 pm

    I love the hearts! I like your collection of reds.


    • Natalie February 12, 2023 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you, Julie. I had fun while preparing this post.


  26. Bernie February 13, 2023 / 12:44 pm

    Definitely the red Pontiac! Do peonies bloom in the spring there?mid summer here usually.


    • Natalie February 13, 2023 / 12:50 pm

      Peonies bloom around late May and early June here.


      • Bernie February 13, 2023 / 2:30 pm

        Wow! In late May my peony plant is about 6 to 12″ tall!


        • Natalie February 13, 2023 / 3:59 pm

          Toronto is much further south than Saskatoon so I think it warms up sooner here. When I was in Newfoundland, I noticed tulips started blooming there in June when they were blooming in Toronto in late April through May.


  27. Kirstin Troyer February 14, 2023 / 11:42 am

    I love all those photos Natalie. I zoomed in to see the love photo with the locks up close. How cool!


    • Natalie February 14, 2023 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Kirstin. That Love sign is popular with visitors. It looks very nice IRL with the red bricks as backdrop.


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