Here is an excerpt in Candis' own words:
I have a love story that brings me joy too. I met my husband when he was the new kid in school when we were in 4th grade. I told all my friends that I would marry him someday. I gave him all my best stickers that year we'd walk home from school together, mostly not talking. We grew up a little and a few years later began officially dating. We've been together since our junior year of high school and 13 years after I told my friends I would, I married him. We have now been married 23 years. It is a love that was meant to be and keeps getting better every year.
I wonder if they still have any of those stickers?
About the art:
This is the second collaboration of Jovan and Smith! Beginning with black and gold gesso on wood panel, heavily textured and carved with hearts. Posca paint pen rough sketch over top, finished with acrylic paint and acrylic paint mixed with gesso. Gelli plate printed papers collaged with matte medium for the clothing. Stamps used with paint to create the "stickers". Liberally sprinkled with smiles. :)
3/12/2020 02:15:07 pm
SO much to love here! For now, I shine light on the carved hearts in the background, reflected so radiantly in E & C's joyous smiles, and the fabricated clothing—takes me back to some of the earliest paintings of yours that caught my eye, Jen.
3/12/2020 02:17:37 pm
Dotty! Thank you! I love "dressing" my characters. It is an exquisite, playful JOY! And these two....such a love story. It makes me smile BIG!
3/16/2020 01:33:00 pm
Dotty! What an enjoyable reply, I love what you see here and in every comment you make. Thank you!! ~b
3/12/2020 03:45:01 pm
JEN! BRIAN! With tears streaming down my face my heart is about to burst! I can't even explain what this means to me--my favorite artist creating such a special gift just for us?! Thank you! It is the most special honor and tribute to our love and we will cherish it forever. The quote at the top is THE perfect summary of our love: "...the sheer privilege of being in the presence of a mountain, a sky or a well-loved familiar face - I was here and you were here and together we made a world." You guys did something so beautiful here and I just appreciate it, and you both, so so much. Thank you. And thank you for recognizing and celebrating special love--the world could use more of that these days!
3/12/2020 08:19:13 pm
Candis! We are SO delighted that you like our collaborative piece! And the quote - omg, right?
3/16/2020 01:36:37 pm
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