Love up a wall in the Valley

Love Sign up a wall in the Valley

Out the back at Jamie’s Espresso Bar.

Determined to get hung alongside a real artist, by hook or by crook. (That’s Vernon Ah Kee to the left.)

Lovely old empty frame, crying out for something to fill it. Wonderfully aged and falling apart. We were very careful not to bump. Left behind by AP Signs—a former tenant of the building—Jamie tells me.

Thanks to my very handy mate Felix.

Love Kids! gallery

The  Gutteridge Gang, Brisbane


Greta, 10


Reilly, 8


Vincent, 5


Zara, 3


Fenna, 2 1/2, Haarlem, the Netherlands


Lily, 10, Brisbane


Elijah, 7, Brisbane


Jemima, 8, Brisbane


Stanton, 6, Brisbane

Hmmm … suspicious. Can’t vouch for the provenance of this one. It came in the Jemima/Stanton bundle, but it looks a lot like Jemima/Stanton’s MUM to me!


And the one that started it all …

Phoebe, 5 3/4, Brisbane


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Love Kids!

Dear friends with Love Signs and kids

The other day I received this gorgeous pic from my friend Alison. Her daughter Phoebe made her own Love Sign.

Isn’t it beautiful? I think it’s better than the original, but don’t tell anyone.

Then another friend Jane saw it on Faffbook, and said she’d get her young Lila Jean on the case.

So I thought I’d spread the word, plant the seed, and see if some other kids would like to join the party. Should keep them occupied and out of trouble for an hour or so.

If you and yours would like to take part, I’d LOVE to see the results! And—if OK with you and the artist—post a pic on my website. If you like, you can post on the Love Sign Faffbook page.

If we get enough together, perhaps we could have a little exhibition or party or something.

There are no guidelines. Any medium/size will do. Pencil on paper, pastel on card, paint on face, spaghetti on floor, icing on cake.

I’ve attached a Love Sign template, if this helps. But don’t let it hold you back. Feel free to start from scratch, like Phoebe. Hell, it doesn’t even need to have eight sides!

How fun! I do love my friends’ children. They’re hilarious. And such cheap labour.

Thanks to Phoebe (and her parents) for spreading the Love.

big love


PS. If anyone can think of anyone I may have missed—especially retailers/galleries and your customers—please pass this on, or drop me a line.

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Love #369

Received a beautiful/sad/happy/sweet email the other day, accompanied by a photo of a cosy bedroom with a Love Sign hanging above the bed. Excerpt here with author’s permission, sans pic, name, etc …

Dear Alan

Thanks for #369. This is the room I’ve dreamed of in the months leading up to leaving my marriage, renting an old house and starting my new life. The Love Sign completes it and makes me smile every time I look at it. Or think about it.  Thank you one million times.