When Ben and I got engaged, we were initially very much looking forward to getting married – but then people began giving us marriage preparation books… Some people even wrote little inscriptions in the front and checked up on us, asking whether we were enjoying and learning from the book they gave us. So of course we read them – but became increasingly discouraged and daunted the more we read. They talked of stripping away every part of your own identity and letting go of every scrap of independence, to be made into one new creature with the spouse. They talked of giving up everything that you are for the sake of being limited, restricted, confined. All of this got us worrying, and even at time wondering whether it was really right to get married. But we did anyway, as we knew that it was the right thing for us to do and had been looking forward to it – and we were very pleasantly surprised at how little of what we read in those books was true; at how NICE being married to each other is. This painting is a representation of that relieved contentment; that happy love; that eternal togetherness.
Acrylic on 24x30cm stretched canvas (sides painted), ready to hang.