(from Joni Mitchell Paintings Interview of Joni Mitchell by Rene Engel © KCSN-FM December 21, 1999)
JM: In order -- it's very romantic and in order to get a Valentine's Day release -- I said, "you mean you're not going to put it out for Valentine's Day? You've got to put it out for Valentine's Day! It's so romantic. You have to give me a realistic release to push on everybody so they gave me two weeks. "So I had two weeks and I had to, you know, first I did the front which is the self-portrait. And the reason I -- I didn't know what I was going to do, but they like you to put your picture on the cover. So, you know, okay, so I figure -- they said, put your picture on the cover, that's what people -- they know you're a fine artist, Joan, but put your picture on the cover. So I see this picture lying around, and my drummer, Brian Blade, said, "oh, I like that picture. "I was in my early 30s. And I looked at it and the fold of the sleeve had a heart in it. The way it -- I went, heart on the sleeve, that's romantic, that'll do! So I grabbed it, and then I had to put jowls in it, you know, I had to age the face a little.
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