Art for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm 4 comments

I just finished this little painting for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day.

"Valentine With Dots", Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

"Valentine With Dots", Barbara J Carter, 5x7", acrylic on canvas panel, 2009

I wanted to give him something, but I’d been putting off going shopping. First of all, I hate shopping. I hate the consumerism of it all. And second, he doesn’t like candy. At least, not the usual sticky sweet stuff sold for Valentine’s Day.

When I realized that I was procrastinating the shopping because I hate it so much, I realized that I needed to come up with something else. Nothing extravagant. But not just a stupid card, either.

I thought about making him a card. But that still didn’t feel right. Just a card? That’s all? Even if it’s handmade, it’s still just a card. It’s not enough. But then the thought hit me: what about a little tiny painting, about the same size as a card? Yes, that felt right.

So I pulled out a little 5×7-inch canvas board and started painting. This felt right. It’s so much more personal than a storebought card. It’s a little part of me that I’m giving him.

Oh, and that thing I have about hearts? (I mentioned that I don’t like hearts in fine art in my post about the Los Angeles Art Show.) Well, I did use a heart in this painting. But it’s very subtle.

Does this mean I have to revise my bad attitude about hearts?


Entry filed under: Abstract, Creativity, Holiday, Little Bitty Paintings, Painting.

Work in Progress – Finishing the Painting New Painting: “Satwiwa”


  • 1. bootgun  |  February 13, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    No, do not revise anything. Hearts are lame, except in this instance of course! This is awesome.

  • 2. Adeaner  |  February 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    This is really, really, really good !
    You need to do more.
    Oh, and thank you very much for the show and tell (previous) posts. Very helpful.

  • 3. mark bridges  |  February 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    partners to work with? Maybe something like Carol Marine’s daily paintworks. Or make small paintings that are displayed at a flower shop and say 50% goes to save the rain forest or something like that, where people get to donate and get a painting at half price and get on your mailing list for “Even more…..”
    Just a thought

  • 4. New Painting: “Dots 1″ « Barbara J Carter  |  February 20, 2009 at 11:55 am

    […] the Valentine painting, this one is available for sale, $45. It is signed and dated on the […]

Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

I work in acrylic paint, in a couple of distinct styles: landscapes and abstracts.

Native to California, I've lived elsewhere and only recently returned to my home state. I now live in Los Angeles.

I mostly show my art in outdoor festivals in California. I also occasionally show my work in art galleries or open studio events. You can see an up-to-date list of upcoming shows on my website (click here).

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