Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentines 2009

I have made hand-drawn valentines over the past 30+ years.  Here are some from this year's batch:


This one is called, "An Evolution of Character".  Or alternatively, "Aging".  The heart on the far left--the eldest--is by far the most interesting, don't you think?

This one is titled "Self and Other".  My daughter-in-law is a microbiologist.  Her research is with bacteria.  These organisms have the ability to recognize other bacteria as being like themselves or unlike themselves.  This process protects the cohesion of the like community.  Do they determine self and other through direct physical contact or through chemical signals?  This is, as I understand it, central to what Karine is working to determine.

Life and love is complicated and messy.  And beautiful.  This one is called "Love Tangle".    I really enjoyed using my new 6XO Rapidograph pen.

 "Brainy  Heart"
Besides Rapidograph pens, also colored drawing ink.

"Prickly Heart"
(for those hard to handle Valentines) Here's to the imperfections of love!

"Color Blind Heart"
Just pencil and watercolor. For those of you who can't see this one, I'm sorry.  I hope you enjoy the others. 

Make valentines!  Make love!


Cia said...

Marcia' Handmade Valentines will be on display at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls, Iowa through February 20, 2009.

You'll see some of the ones seen on this blog and some others made for her sweeties over the past 3 decades.

Dee said...

I love "Aging", Marcia. I hadn't read the title, nor the description, and saw something that was more like, "All you need is Love". As the heart gets smaller and "ages", it represents less of the bells and whistles and more of the simple message of love.