"I've looked at love from both sides now,
From give and take, and still somehow,
It's love's illusions I recall,
I really don't know love at all" (Joni Mitchell)
I think the verse from Joni Mitchell's song says it all.
For the first picture I scanned a dictionary page and re-arranged it and distressed it. The image is from a collage sheet by Maya at SBG, the paper flowers from Birgit Kerr.
The second picture is an original digital painting by me,