A month or two before I even thought of the heArt-a-Day concept I was busy learning how to use Photoshop. It was a struggle at first, but my then partner in Second Life had built me a virtual art gallery there and I wanted to use Photoshop to fill it with art. Finally, a couple weeks before Valentine’s Day I invented a sort of “formula” for collages using my own flower photos as backgrounds and some free domain vintage couples images. It was like I’d found the key to Photoshop and after five or six of those Valentines I felt like I’d developed some competence. Today’s art is a nod to those beginnings.