“Chalk Hearts,” oil on canvas, 10″ x 8″
This painting will be on display at Zip 37‘s “Valentine/UnValentine Show” that opens with a reception from 6 to 9 tomorrow evening (red wine! chocolate!) and runs until February 18.
I was thinking about grade school and the valentines we gave our classmates – available at the drugstore, punch-out, 40 per box. We would decorate a shoebox to collect our valentines and I always liked that part. Some painful memories but a few sweet ones in there, too. I recall coming across an old valentine in one of my dad’s books (the things that get tucked into books! A whole world of slender orphaned tickets, recipes, love letters, and currency ) just a couple of years before he died. I brought it to him and he got downright verklempt. He remembered the little girl who had signed her name. There was a reason he had saved that one and tucked it into a book all those years ago.
Blessed be the mystery of love.