It was Valentine’s Day a week or so ago. I am not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. I wasn’t a fan when I was single and I’m not a fan now that I’m married. I don’t even know how to express why. It’s not even the commercialization aspect. I don’t know, but it puts me in a cruddy mood in the best of times. Anyway, this year I was on my own and missing my husband, and really really not in the best mood. So I did the only thing that I know how to do to cheer me up – I painted.
I’d tried painting the day before, and it did not go well. All the colours went muddy, nothing came out. But the next day, things were flowing better, and I managed to do two paintings, go me. The sky painting was actually already halfway done and had been sitting in my living room halfway done for about 6 months, mocking me, guilting me about how long it’d been since I got out my paints. So I finally finished that sucker. So THERE.
The other painting I did was a smaller one inspired (in a macabre, GTFO Valentine’s Day kind of way) by the holiday. My mother said it disturbed her when I showed her. I’m not sure if that was my intention or not. I think it reflects how I was feeling this Valentine’s Day though.. a bit conflicted. It is based on the Lovers of Valdaro, a skeleton couple unearthed by archaeologists near Romeo & Juliet’s Mantua. In a way, it’s a testament to love that goes on forever, even into death. But in another way it’s two dead people in a pit – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!😉 Anyway, I named it after a Bauhaus song because reasons. The two just were entwined in my mind immediately for some reason.
I’m still not sure about a title for this sky one. My FB friends have given me suggestions. They were all very good, but I’m still not sure. It reminds me of the colors and above-the-clouds-edness in Robot Unicorn Attack, the ’80s-Lisa-Frank-aesthetic game app, so I’m just gonna call it that for now as a placeholder till I can think of a more poetic name.
And now for a (related) musical interlude…