In 1956, Mickey and Sylvia famously sang “Love is Strange” and I couldn’t agree more. Love is unpredictable, deeply felt and as a result can cause one to behave oddly. Love can be dark, or light; it can be moody, sometimes giddy; it can transport you to the highest of highs or plunge you to the lowest depths. It’s kind, some days, brutal others. It’s the opposite of hate but sometimes the two are separated only by the thinnest of lines. Like they said, it’s strange. So, to celebrate love, its weirdness and the upcoming Valentines Day holiday I created the above shrine. It incorporates elements associated with love (cupid’s wings, an arrow, hearts, filigree and ribbons, a song bird) as well as succulents (it is my shrine after all!). I love how the piece turned out — it’s got the right amount of pretty/spooky Catholic altar strangeness. What it doesn’t have, though, is a slogan. Try as I might, I couldn’t conjure one up to go inside the antique French scroll. So that’s where you come in, dearest readers. Presenting the Rancho Reubidoux Concours d’Amour or Love Contest.
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Leave a comment with your best love slogan and win a prize!
Make it short and sweet (and clean), in whatever language you think would best work in the open ribbon floating above the shrine and across the songbird. Submit as many slogans as you like. Paul and I will select our favorite, I’ll add it into the piece, and it will go on sale at my shop at Society 6. The reader who submits the winning slogan will receive their choice of the following emblazoned with the completed love shrine artwork: a medium (20″ x 26″) framed print – or – any style hoodie.
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Slogans must be submitted by Sunday, Feburary 3, 2013 at 4:00pm (pst). No slogan submitted after that time will be considered. The winning slogan will be announced via an update to this post no later than Wednesday, February 6, 2013.