Valentine’s Day Giveaway- Please share!


16″ x 12″ acrylic painting on canvas by Marianne Bland

Help me find this happy couple, and I’ll give them this painting!

What’s the story, you ask? Around 9 pm on July 9, 2015, I spotted the above scene near Union Square in San Francisco on a special photo trip with my mom and grandma. It has my favorite compositional elements- glowy lights, reflective pavement and a voyeurist snapshot of human experience.

Happily, my interest in the pink lights resulted in an image that included a sweet moment between these two. They are smiling, maybe laughing, and while they are strolling through a world-known tourist destination, their attention seems fixed upon one another.

As I finished this piece, I thought how great it would be to track this couple down to share this moment with them, a moment so lovely I decided to memorialize it in paint.

I have no idea who they are or where they’re from. I can’t make their faces out all that great. But I do know that the guy on the left is short-haired, clean-cut, wears glasses, skinny jeans, black hooded windbreakery jacket and has an endearing grin. I can see that the gal on the right has brown, mid-length to long hair that is either wavy or frizzed in humidity (I feel you, sister) that she was wearing in a ponytail, a heart-shaped face, black jacket with gray hood, and a red and white flap messenger bag. Both adorably wore white socks with dark shoes and scrunched / rolled cuffs during the surprise summer storm. I’d guess they are in their 20’s.

So, Internet- do you believe in romance? If we can find them, it’s a Valentine’s Day Giveaway! Please share! (Is this you?! Email