I painted this for you. Happy Valentine’s Day!
In other exciting news, I was invited by The Good Men Project to illustrate their new weekly feature, The Visual Conversation. My posts go up there every Friday at 6 pm (eastern time, so 3 pm if you’re over here on the west coast with me). This week’s GMP illustration is Valentine’s Day themed as well and it’s a reminder to all of us about what really matters on Valentine’s Day… and every day.
I’ve been given pretty free license to illustrate anything that fits within their larger conversation, which is all about what it means to be a good man in today’s society. A popular subject there is parenting boys, a subject I know a little about. My first contribution was this illustration of my son’s room.
I’m excited about this. I think art sometimes allows us to have conversations that might be harder or more awkward otherwise. If you have suggestions for future illustrations, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a note.
Meanwhile, have a Happy Valentine’s Day, whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not. A couple of years ago, when I was grousing to a friend about how Valentine’s Day was Hallmark-created nonsense that left far too many people feeling lonely, she suggested I instead see it as a day specifically set aside to celebrate love. “How can you be against that?” she asked me.
I couldn’t. And I’m sharing that story in case you’re a little anti-Valentine’s Day too. Seeing it her way beats the hell out of feeling cynical and stabby all day. : )