My first retail job was working at The Folk Tree Collection in Pasadena… the store was well known for their seasonal art exhibits. My favorite annual tradition was the Hearts & Flowers show that went up right after Christmas. Gorgeous handmade jewelry pieces, large art pieces made of beautiful decoupaged randomness (like crutches made into dolls), hearts with feathered wings, altered books, hand blown glass flowers, inspirational quotes and images… so many beautiful expressions of sincere joy and love. When Gail, the gallery coordinator, put the show up in early January, it was as if the new year could finally begin with a fresh start. All the bright colors and love letters to love itself… It truly made my heart happy.
The Collection is no longer there, but their sister store, The Folk Tree, is still open and thriving (and hosting their 22nd Hearts and Flowers show this year!)
So, I see Valentine’s Day not only as a day for lovers, but a day for everyone to enjoy…to stop and remember who we love and why we love. It’s not about getting overpriced roses… it’s about cherishing the fact that you are loved and are able to give love back. Love is the most amazing gift that life has given us :)
With all of that said… I still like cutesy-poo Valentine images… with cupcakes, hearts and flowers :)
The above items were painted by myself… acrylic on paper. I’m in the process of making art boards out of them…
And this sweet little puppy… he needs to be made into something… hmmm….
The past few weeks have been a wee bit hectic…
I started a new job as an assistant to a music composer, we’re currently snowed-in and house bound and lots of other “that’s life for you” events going on… Things to learn from and reflect on… life is quite the journey.
But this week, I’m going to focus on love… sending it out to all of you in blogland, too! :)