This is the first image I'm releasing for this website.
The title comes from a beautiful old song which my husband gave to me in a mix tape back in the day when we were falling in love. Mix tapes were long over when we met, but he's old school like that.
Are you wondering what happened to First Love #1 thru 4? Well the simple answer is that when I was painting those, I was just playing around and getting into various ideas, and I didn't think they quite fit what I wanted.
With "Speak Softly Darling" I finally got into the swing of it. To me the soft brushstrokes and delicate colors evoke the tenderness of early love, when everything is perfect.
Update, 8/24/17: I came back to this blog post to do some maintenance, and you know what? Over a year later, this is still one of my favorites. I hope you like it, too. If you do, get one for yourself! This painting is so simple and clear that it would look good in any home.