Monday, February 14, 2011

A Wish for Saint Valentine's Day

Black and Red - John White Alexander - 1896

For all who love and are loved in return and those who seek a chance at love ... may you all have a happy Valentine's Day.



This is only a section of the painting by John White Alexander (1856-1915)
To view the complete painting 'Black and Red' please follow the link.


36 comments:

Tiago Braga said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you to!
let me give you a big thank you, for coment all my new post in last week!
very very thank you!
Xoxo **

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foam said...

Thank you, sweat pea.
Happy Valentine's Day to you too.
I find myself always slightly exasperated on valentine's day.

I do like the art that you chose. For some reason I'm quite taken with the pudgy little hands of this young woman. I find it intriquiging somehow that the artist paints the fingers into long narrow tips .. like an elongated triangle.

Leovi said...

Beautiful picture, wonderful. I do not believe in Valentine's Day, because when you are in love, it is minute by minute and day by day. And do not prove it looking into the eyes of the beloved shows. To me it is an instrument of consumer society in which we live where gifts are often made a lot of hypocrisy. Besos.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Tiago , I enjoy my visits and your photographs. The idea of the playing cards spelling out 'LOVE' was very nice.

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Foamy ,
I like to do a Valentine's Day post every year, it is just my way of wishing all of you a lovely day.
I don't get exasperated and I don't get disappointed any more as I have no-one in my life who would want me for his Valentine.

I was going to post a photo of some red roses but decided on this painting as I love the red colour of the dress,the young woman's face, her demure expression and dark hair.
Yes I did notice her chubby little hands and fingers which come to a point, quite unusual.
I hope you have a lovely day 'little flower' from the North.
xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Leovi , yes it is a beautiful painting, a pretty young woman and a sumptuous red dress.
If you have someone to love and who loves you well of course your love and affection is there constantly and you are very blessed.

I don't like how this special day has been commercialised for profit and the hypocrisy either, but if sentiments are exchanged between two people who are in love and care for each other well there is no harm in that ... Valentine's day is very special to some. :)
Besos xoxoxo ♡

Lee said...

I'd wish you a Happy Valentine's Day but wouldn't that be against the rules? There is the anonymous post option I guess...

dianne said...

Thanks for thinking of me dear Lee , it is OK to send a friend some wishes.
I hope that you and Margaret have a very lovely Valentine's Day.

xoxoxo ♡

Françoise said...

Quelle magnifique peinture , rouge pour les amoureux c'est ma couleur préférée.
Bonne soirée.

Little Lamb said...

Happy Valentines Day! ♥

HLiza said...

Happy Valentine's Day Dianne...I do love this portrait..there's something about classical paintings that keep us amazed and thinking..I used to put these kinds of portraits in my blog to accompany my posts before I started playing with the camera!

dianne said...

Merci, chère Françoise , oui c'est une belle peinture, sa robe est tellement belle et rouge est la couleur de l'amour.
Bon après-midi

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you Lamby dear, I hope you have a lovely day also with lots of flowers and candy from Pugsley or some other cute guy!

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear HLiza , I hope you had a lovely day also.
I think these classical paintings are so beautfiful, I have posted a few on my blog over time.
This one is especially lovely, her pretty face and demure expression and I thought the red of the gown was so symbolic of love.
My photographic skills are not so good but I shall keep trying. :)

xoxoxo ♡

jasmin said...

liebe Dianne, ich wünsche dir und deiner Hingabe und Liebe zu deinen täglichen Aufgaben, um die ich weiß, immer ein frohes ♥ Herz, denn nur dieses überträgt das kleine und große Glück auf den Nächsten....
ganz liebe Grüße und Herzenswünsche von Jasmin

dianne said...

Liebe Jasmin , ich danke Ihnen für Ihre freundlichen Worte, ich versuche, das Glück in jedem Tag finden und mit anderen teilen, wie diese schöne Malerei.
Meine besten Wünsche an Euch, liebe Freundin.

xoxoxo ♡

Craftsman of light said...

I send you a lots of love Dianne!

dianne said...

Thank you dearest COL you are very sweet and thoughtful to me and I shall keep it in my heart where warm memories of you come to light.
Hugs and love to you too!

xoxoxo ♡

The Phosgene Kid said...

All set for the Red Carpet at the Oscars...

Luzia said...

Thank you for this wonderful post! Hugs from Luzia.

dianne said...

Yes Phossy dear, she could wear a dress like that to the Oscars.
Good to have you back with us.

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Luzia , I am pleased that you enjoyed the post.

Hugs to you too!

xoxoxo ♡

Lesley said...

What a fantastic painting Dianne! I've never heard of this artist but will look him up. The texture in the painting is wonderful.... the dress, the lady's skin and the cat... it looks so real, I'd love to just pick it up out of the painting. :)

Elia said...

Wonderful your blog!!!!
I've known through Jasmin,
breathe sweetness and romanticism
I really like
I congratulate you,
a hug from afar -
from Spain.

eljardindemiduende ^^

dianne said...

Thank you Lesley dear, yes it is a beautiful painting. I love the colour and texture of her gown, her skin tone and pretty face and of course the cat ... I reduced the size of the painting as I wanted to emphasise the beauty of the gown and also put the link to the complete painting showing the cat.
I wanted to post something that was beautiful and interesting and red of course.

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Elia for your praise of my blog and your kind words and for visiting my blog.
I try to make this a friendly, pleasant place to visit and yes you will find much romance in my poems.
Hugs to you too-
Saludos xoxoxo ♡

/t. said...

beautiful painting, dianne
&
hoping you, too, had a happy and romantic valentine's day

<3 <3 <3

/t.

foam said...

did you call me little flower from the north? that's sweet ..
xxx
:)

dianne said...

Thank you dear /t. , yes it is a beautiful painting, I was very happy when I found the image as I was looking for something different to post for Valentine's Day.

My day was just the same as any other, no romance or promise of it but I did not expect it to be any different.
I enjoyed all of the comments and wishes from my friends here.

xoxoxo ♡

dianne said...

Yes Foamy dear, I did call you 'little flower from the north', because you are dainty and as pretty and sweet as any flower and you are a good friend to me.
I liked how you called me 'sweet pea', that was very sweet of you.

xoxoxo ♡

chickory said...

forgive me for being so late...its my anniversary week. i spent tuesday in a hangover, wednesday in a frenzy. thursday on administrative, friday painting, today yard work and finally got to go around to blogs.

I hope you had a good VD> I see a lotta love on this page! xoxo

dianne said...

No forgiveness necessary dear chickory , it was your anniversary week, gosh if I had someone to love me I would not be spending so much time on the computer.
Anyway, congratulations again on
your anniversary, you have had a busy week.
My Valentine's day was just like any other as I don't have a special person to share the day, but yes, there is a lot of love here from my friends and I am very grateful.

xoxoxo ♡

puerileuwaite said...

I often wonder if Saint Valentine always demanded the best candy and flowers because he felt it was "his" day.

dianne said...

Somehow, I don't think so Pugsley my sweet.
Maybe someone would present their love with a flower picked from a meadow as a token of affection, as it is a day when many celebrate their love for each other.
I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day?

xoxoxo ♡

Jenny Lyon said...

I send you a lots of love Dianne!