As you may know about me, I enjoy a bit of wordplay in my artwork. Here, I take the standard American phrase “sealed with a kiss” and render it in a literal way, with a vintage seal toy, a candy kiss, and blocks that spell “S.W.A.K.”
I say that this is an American phrase because in England, the saying is “S.W.A.L.K.” - sealed with a LOVING kiss. My wife, Sharon, told me that if I included an “L,” no one in the U.S.A. would know what I was talking about!
S.W.A.K. was painted with the classic still life techniques that would be at home with the Dutch Masters of 400 years ago. The background was made with numerous thin layers, the shadows are defined, and the textures of the subjects are rich.
Our marine mammal star of this print is the Suzy Seal pull toy from the late 1970s. She has a wooden body with plastic balloon wheels. The blocks that spell the title is a nod to my childhood fondness for word jumble games.