Greetings Friends,

I’m working on four small paintings for a Valentine’s show at Vita Art Center in Ventura. There will be a lot of artists in this show, and we were each given four 6″ x 8″ canvas panels on which to create our art.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I went in three different directions. Now I don’t know which of the three I like the best, so I thought I’d let you decide.

Group #1 is paintings on unprimed canvas. Quiet and understated, somewhat subtle in colors and design.

Cassandra Tondro Valentine's art

Group #2 is also paintings on unprimed canvas. More layers and brighter color combinations.

Cassandra Tondro Valentine's art

I still need to finish one piece in Group #3. It’s collages using pieces cut from old magazines. Geometric shapes and words.

Cassandra Tondro Valentine's art

What say ye? Which do you like best, Group #1, #2 or #3? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Hi Cassandra! I go for Group 3! I like that the works were propelled by a visual concept, conveying a sense of mystery and unexpectedness, as though the artworks were patiently handcrafted by an unknown smitten suitor and sent to the object of affection.

  2. I prefer Group 1 too, Cassandra. Compared with the others it’s soft, portraying love with unintrusive gentleness rather than demanding our attention. It’s more to my taste as well.

  3. Hi Cassandra for me it’s group1. I think we all need a little calm and quiet at the moment. There’s too much controversy and a good old English word “argybargy!”

  4. I like group 1. I think that somehow it points to the fragilness of love. I don’t particularly like the paintings with “love” written in them, it seems too obvious and trying too hard.

    I have never been a fan of Valentine’s day though, it seems like Hallmark trying hard to make money, to “guilt” folks into acting in expressing love in ways that are not natural to them.

  5. Thanks for your feedback, everyone! It looks like Group #1 is the frontrunner so far.

    I kind of like Valentine’s Day, although I know what you’re saying, Celia, about it being a holiday invented by Hallmark Cards, like Mother’s and Father’s Days. I like it becuase my birthday is the following day, and when I was a kid, my birthday parties were always Valentines themed! So it feels like my day.

  6. Group 1. The colors draw me in, as do the valentine themes. I dislike group 3 because the first two (Why Love and Love is in the air) do not hang together well. The Art of love does.

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