I’d like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is a quick drawing I did this afternoon for the special occasion.
It’s funny looking back from when I was much younger and when I had a ‘boyfriend’ (relating to my teenage years). It was a real treat getting dressed up (wearing my best perfume) and going for a romantic meal in one of our favourite restaurants. These days, my husband and I tend to buy each other a card and a small token gift!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
For this design, I was very much inspired by the hearts seen in Folk Art. Apparently, the Sacred Heart is one of the most common motifs in religious folk art created in Mexico. The idea is that the physical heart of Jesus is a symbol of his divine love for humanity (Zinnia Folk Arts).
I loved the idea of combining a Folk Art heart with flowers and butterflies, mainly to highlight ‘love’ but to also give it a feeling of beauty and that spring will soon be here. I’ve read that the first Valentine’s Day was back in 496, initially originating from a Roman festival called Lupercalia. This festival was held in the middle of February, which was officially the start of their springtime, hence the flowers and butterflies.
The colours I’ve used are rich, especially the red, green and plum tones. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on Folk Art, but from what I’ve seen, bold colours are used and they’re usually highly decorative too. To soften the boldness, they all sit on a calming pale blue background.
Emma Jayne x