I love Valentines Day. Sorry, I do not have a cynical bone in my body on February 14th. I love the colors, (Red? Pink? black? Butterscotch cream? Mmmmm....) the chocolate, the heart-shaped bottles of sherry, the crazy roller coaster of expectations and denouements, the trite terrible tropes and cliches, and most of all I love the opportunity to spend all day in the studio making a Valentine for a special person in my life.
I hadn't sat down to do a true painted painting in a long long time. I started with collage, destroyed it, ripped it, scraped it, painted it over, did a carefully designed Victorian piece, decided it was too safe, brushed it out, took a disk sander to it, pulled out brushes and started all over.....just like love: Bruised, scraped, frustrating, delirious, happy, sad, happy again. Here's to the whole package. Put your heart on your sleeve and go for it.
The final word painting Valentine © Iskra Design