Oh, I'm such a romantic at heart, so I just adore this painting.
It started out like this:
(Forgive my bad photography, but sometimes when I'm painting, I'm so into what I'm doing that I'm lucky just to get a terrible snapshot.)
For some reason those romantic leaves reminded me of this famous album of lithographs by Maurice Denis, which is called simply "amour." He made them in 1899. I particularly love the blue cover.
Now that I see them together with my picture, they don't have any resemblance at all! I think I just had a similar mood in mind. And so with the letters drawn, I pondered what technique I could use to add a soft blue background. (I was thinking of the white spots of the roses in the "amour" print.)
I remembered a technique which I've read about, but never tried: drops of rubbing alcohol to repel the paint in places.
What an effect! I liked it so much, I made it into a bag and a phone case!
And of course, you know the painting is named after the famous line from my Hollywood boyfriend...
(Oh Bogie! Do the soulful eyebrow thing. Yeah. That's what I'm talkin about.)
This picture really does remind me of the movie Casablanca and all the rain in the characters' memories. I just want to gaze through the window, smoke a cigarette and brood about Paris. You know what I mean. Here's lookin' at you, kid.