An Early Valentine

For My Jim

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a couple of weeks. I’ve been saving this photograph for the occasion.

It has always been made obvious to me when something that an artist has created is extraordinary. The natural phenomenon of goose bumps has always been my barometer for special beauty. When I saw this painting and got my heart back in my chest, I realized that the reason for the visceral reaction was true love.

A few years ago, I was at The Frick Collection in New York. There is a very small Titian entitled “Man In A Red Cap” in a sitting room. It was obvious to me that Titian was very much in love with the subject.

In his case, the subject was a young man of noble class and sweet nature. The same reaction occurred with me. At first, I didn’t quite understand how a painting that was executed hundreds of years ago could be that powerful. The reason is passion. How important it is to be passionate about everything and everybody in your life. Passion is  responsible for the subtle difference between ordinary and extraordinary.

This artist had to be in love with his lovely subject. This painting is titled “Red Boat,” by artist Victor Wang, and I came across it at the Art Basel show in Miami in December. The color palette chosen, technique, her positioning and surroundings all add up to passion for me.

Always trust your goose bumps! They have never lied to me.

Tell someone you love them.

Happy Valentines Day!!