For many people, Valentine's Day is the time of year to focus on love, intimacy and ways to keep the spark alive.
Abstract artist Jeremy Brown thinks he has the perfect gift to help you with that — and you don't need to save it for Feb. 14. His Love is Art kit (www.loveisartkit.com) lets couples explore intimacy and create art at the same time — all in the bedroom. We interviewed Brown about his kit and how it works.
Q: What comes in the kit?
A: Each kit comes with a large plastic sheet so you don't splash paint on the floor. Then there's a white treated cotton canvas so the paint doesn't bleed through ... we (also) have a 4-ounce bottle of nontoxic washable paint, a pair of disposable slippers, a directional book and a body scrubber to help wash each other off.
Q: How much are the kits?
A: It's $60 for the black paint kit and $89 for the blue paint kit. And we have a black and gold kit, where the canvas is black and the paint is gold for $110. I like the blue (on white) look best because I've been really inspired by the 1960s artist Yves Klein, and he was made famous by his blue pieces.
Q: Why bring the paint into the bedroom?
A: The two of you are working on this project while sharing your love. The whole process — from the setup to the painting to the cleanup — is something you can do together.
In the very beginning you are uneasy and don't know what's going on. It puts the two of you on that same plane. There's a vulnerability. ... And then you have this finished product that is so unique. You can remember that you did this together and you created something that is beautiful art.
Q: I'm guessing you've done this a few times?
A: I've done it quite a few times. I have a lot of pieces in my studio. A lot of ex-girlfriends have them. The first girl I ever made a painting with — she's now happily married and still has the painting in their house and it's her husband's favorite painting and he doesn't know how it was made!
Q: Was there a trial and error period for getting the kit together?
A: When I created the kit I had to make sure the canvas was the right size and that I allowed the right amount of paint. If you have too much you'll just make a blob. I wanted to make sure there is just enough paint that it covers enough of the surface and leaves the negative space or blank canvas. That's what makes your image stand out.
Q: How has the feedback been so far?
A: I get emails almost every day from people who have tried it, saying how much fun it was. Maybe they were apprehensive, and then they really got into it. Art is very personal. The art that I do is very abstract. From a viewer (standpoint) it's somewhat undefinable. But for the artist, something was going on in their mind when they made it.
These paintings are very abstract but when you find out the story behind it, that takes it to a whole new level. . .you completely look at the piece differently. You remember the time and the place and what you were doing when you made it. And then you have it forever.