This painting is about moving toward intentional playfulness within an enduring relationship like marriage.
In this painting, intentional playfulness is represented by the baby and the cat. Babies and children’s work is play. At times, the shape of some enduring marriage relationships is playfulness. Playfulness can carry the relationship through ‘difficult seasons’. I can’t help but to think back to a conversation I had with my dad as a senior in high school, as I was preparing to leave for college the following year. “Life will be really difficult at times,” he said, “which is why it is so important to choose a partner who can be playful with you, and will make you laugh. This element of our marriage has brought your mother and me through some difficult seasons.” While my life had not been all that difficult up to that point, I was fully aware that my father had experienced many family tragedies, so I must have ingrained these words deep into my subconscious. (1)
The cat represents the partner in marriage. The baby represents you or the person being playful and intentionally moving toward the partner to play.
Artist (1) Choose a Partner You Can Be Playful With by Hannah Eaton.
This painting is part of an 'ensemble' with specific music. Experience it exclusively on my website.
This artwork includes original music by New Zealand composer Josh Dawson, a personal friend who allowed me to include his music in my art – as a part of the collage, pasted in, yet not the accompanying music in the ensemble which I have chosen to be a different piece, “Juli,Juli“, by Dirk Massen.
This is one in a series I am creating about turning toward. Turning toward is an important shape in many successful relationships. “One of the greatest predictors of your relationship’s success is your ability to turn towards each other, constantly developing your bond by making an effort every day to reach out to your partner and accept their bids for emotional connection. We have found that the majority of conflict in relationships is the result of turning away from and against these bids.”(1)
So my painting here, (and my upcoming artwork) is about this turning towards, rather than away from a partner. “Playful bids and enthusiastic efforts to turn towards each other result in heightened levels of positivity during conflict discussions. They also help you to build up your emotional bank account, maintain a strong and healthy bond, and bring the fire back into your romance.” (1)
The shape of turning towards each other has several views. I’ll paint some of these over the next month and a half.
Credits (1)Summer Romance: Turning Towards, Michael Fulwiler