Okay, so here's a preview of some more breakuppy paintings I'll be putting on Etsy soon:
This 4"x4" painting is all about that feeling of claustrophobia. To heighten the sense of being trapped, I made the picture area a mere 2"x2" window in the centre of the canvas, surrounded by lines of text that close in on it tighter and tighter. The picture is of a woman squinting at the sky through her engagement ring (from the woman's point of view). The text reads: "The future is wide open," he said with a smile...but I felt my future beginning to shrink down to a circle that got smaller and... (I was going to put "smaller and smaller" but I ran out of room. Which actually works really well with the subject matter, when you think about it).
(Oh wow...I just totally flashed back to Nailbunny from JTHM.)
On the surface, it would appear that these two paintings are very different from each other, but no: they're both about the dangers of a badly run or badly chosen marriage. I think most people put themselves on autopilot when they get married - they assume the relationship will be permanent so they don't work at maintaining it. I know I was like that: I was all, "Well, my love life is all squared away...time to focus on other things!" because I thought my partner had been, well, nailed down. But you can never stop working at a relationship. If you stop actively working at it, the relationship will eventually dry up to a dead, empty husk...just like that Victorian butterfly.
Oh, I almost forgot - I made a third and somewhat less CRIPPLINGLY SAD painting recently.