Friday, March 16, 2018

Lost Love

For Valentine's Day I painted my valentine a painting.

He was entirely delighted with it, took it to work, propped it on the fireplace mantel in his office, showed it off to many a colleague.

A week or two later I had cause to stop by his office with him on a weekend so he could pick up some papers he needed.

Huh.

No Valentine painting in sight.

I inquired.

He turned reflexively towards the mantel and then stopped in his tracks.

Huh.

No Valentine painting in sight.

Did someone appropriate it when no one else was around?

Did it land in the wastebasket regrettably situated where it could easily have been an unintended receptacle for art when an oversized item on the mantel got bumped a week earlier, taking all manner of items crashing downward with it?

Don't know.

May never know.

I've painted up a new Valentine to give my valentine on his birthday today.

My good sense says to reuse its original somewhat sentimental title, 'cause my guy is a somewhat sentimental guy, but each time I picture that Valentine in the wastebasket, the mischief-maker in me hears an Everly Brother's song of yore.

I finished this painting during our third nor'easter in two weeks—
figured it deserved an outdoor photo shoot in snow!
Don't Want Your Lo-o-ove, Anymore!
6x6"; acrylic, collage, India ink, and pastel on gessobord
abstract
2018
[gifted]




17 comments:

  1. Love the painting... but not the latest title!

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    1. Did you listen to the song? Did you at least chuckle???

      Glad you like the painting : )

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  2. I listened, but I’m not getting the connection. Please ‘splain it to me!

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    1. the original painting most likely landed by accident in the wastebasket and got thrown away—which led me to think of the opening line from the song: don't want your love anymore, and made me laugh. does that clarify the connection? in any case, the jokey title may not make dave laugh any more than you! stay tuned …

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  3. Got it; it’s him saying it to you, not vice versa. Do let me know if he laughs!

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  4. Hilarious! And the perfect solution for wastebasket snafus is a new piece with a snarky title! Love it! He's a lucky guy, to receive this beauty. :)

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    1. Enjoying your appreciation of hilarious and snarky, Jen! I haven't yet written a title on the back of the new painting, nor has Dave yet read this post. Waiting to see if he'll share our view!

      He IS happy to have received the new painting : )

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  5. Don't want your kiiiiiiisses, that's for sure.
    Funny story, Dotty! And these hearts! How bout this idea- I'LL be your valentine! It'll never end up in the basket, and will be surrounded by the Everly Brothers evermore!
    "I die each time, I hear this sound..........."

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    1. LOVE that you're singing along with me, Laurie, and that you caught the humor in my story. It's still tickling my funny bone, and now you've got me singing Cathy's Clown all over again!

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  6. Maybe putting in a frame will help it not being swept away! Love the patterns in each heart. Thanks for the explanation, title also confused me. Loved the 60's music. Wishing spring will soon be on it's way, you had more then enough winter!

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    1. I do wonder where the original has disappeared to. I'm hoping someone is enjoying it : ) Glad you enjoy the details in each heart—they're fun to develop.

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  7. Lo-o-ove your happy hearts!! I love your painted snowy background (and the real one)! love the pebble path that leads my eye. Love that I have to look at each heart and take in their details. Love the chocolate drizzles. Fabulous fun Dotty!

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    1. Sheila, love that you saw both the actual snowy background and the painted one! Thanks for your feedback re pebble path movement, the details in each heart, and the chocolate drizzles—your putting words to those visuals enlarges my own experience delightfully!

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  8. Love the story, love the hearts, and love the Everly Brothers! ;-)

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  9. I can't put my finger on it but the heart grid just draws me in and I can't stop looking. I like the 'white' background and the underpainting bits showing through. I like to think that someone 'pilfered' the original and it is now proudly displayed on another's mantel!

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    1. Janet, love your observations. Something about the heart grid draws me in, too. So hard for me to put that 'white' background in place but, of course, so glad once I did!

      And, YES! My thoughts, also: hoping that the original has a new home where it is being loved : )

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