#40 Look & See

I love the quote by Jill Pet­ty, which was per­fect for the image of the swans, and so very pro­found (besides offer­ing an amper­sand opportunity):

Love is when you look into someone’s eyes and see their heart.

I also like this say­ing by Will Moss that ties love to sight (also with an amp op):

Love is not blind — it sees more and not less, but because it sees more it is willing to see less.

And I love my friends, for they are always teach­ing me some­thing amaz­ing. My friend Melody says:

Swans are known for their fideli­ty. They are loy­al to each oth­er as a cou­ple once they come togeth­er, they are a cou­ple for life. They are also a great sym­bol of beau­ty and grace.

And how about the extra­or­di­nary tale of the ugly duck­ling who becomes a swan! The meta­mor­pho­sis of tran­scend­ing one’s own being in such an extra­or­di­nary way is awe inspiring.”

Swans are white
Lakes are blue
Here’s some AmperLove
From me to you

No mat­ter what col­or your loved one’s eyes are, the pupils are black. And that’s the part that sees.

Black is a gor­geous col­or to rep­re­sent true love. It’s deep, for­ev­er, classy and hon­est like the print­ed word. Love is also mys­te­ri­ous, anoth­er good rea­son for black.

I received a black rose on Valen­tines Day in high school once, which meant “unpop­u­lar.” Well, if being a nerd is what it took to get my favorite col­or in a flower, so be it. I loved that rose, even though my favorite flower is a carnation.

My friends think that’s mor­bid, as car­na­tions remind them of funer­als. Well, car­na­tions — espe­cial­ly the white ones with the red rims — remind me of going to the Car­na­tion Ice Cream counter with Dad­dy every week­end for our 5‑cent ice cream cones. And that, my friends, was love.

A black carnation…ah, that’s my idea of the per­fect Valen­tines Day flower.

Hap­py Valen­tines Day, what­ev­er col­or you love the most.

Production Notes:
Original size: 20x30”
Program: Photoshop
Fonts: Poppl-​Residenz, Palace Script (ampersand, modified)
Photography: Zurijeta, 123rf​.com



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9 thoughts to “#40 Look & See”

  1. You’re always bring­ing such spe­cial gifts to the world, Chaz, through your art, your words, and your vul­ner­a­ble shar­ing. I love this one the most.

    1. All I can say is,
      I knew you would appre­ci­ate the beau­ty of the swans and the pro­found words. I can take cred­it for nei­ther, but what a joy it was work­ing with them together.
      Isn’t that a beau­ti­ful say­ing? It’s by Jill Pet­ty, although I can’t find who she is.
      Hap­py Valen­tines Day to U and Pat­ti. And of course the lov­able felines.

  2. I like it, my stu­dents do the swan/​heart image. Through out his­to­ry artists have said that black and white has much col­or and depth if you use it right, and you have !

    1. So these artists of the future already know about the swans form­ing a heart…I did­n’t even know that till this week. I thought I came upon a very unique pho­to­graph (not the one I used) until I looked at oth­ers. What an amaz­ing piece of art­work formed by these liv­ing creatures…and adding to that, the facts that my friend Melody enlight­ened me about. You’re doing great work with these future artists (well, not future…they already are).

  3. Chaz, I save all of your art­work but this is one of my very favorites. Thank you for shar­ing your excep­tion­al artistry with us. Love to you this Valen­tine’s Day and always

  4. Chaz,

    How com­plete­ly spe­cial that mem­o­ry of you and your Dad­dy! Your child­hood sen­ti­ments about the car­na­tions are absolute­ly beau­ti­ful… and per­fect for Valen­tine’s Day. 

    And your design is, as usu­al, spec­tac­u­lar and so pleas­ing to the eye, as the words them­selves are pleas­ing to the mind and heart.

    Thank you for bless­ing me with your abun­dant talents!

    PS Those imma­ture stu­dents bestow­ing the black rose years ago were fools ~ in the eyes of Jesus, and your friends, you are extra­or­di­nar­i­ly loved and “pop­u­lar.”

    1. Thanks, Lisa, but you know I was rather proud of that unique black rose when most oth­ers were red or white. Besides, it takes more effort to make them black!
      I know you’re going to appre­ci­ate the addi­tion­al text by Melody in my sec­ond mail­ing of this piece.

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