[update] this piece was purchased and will be part of a silent auction to raise awareness for domestic violence.
I wish I would have know the intention – I would have totally donated it!
I love Reddit. It’s one my fave places on the Internet. I wind up reading Reddit/Relationships – I know a lot of trolling goes on there but some legit sharing too. I read one very detailed and long post from a woman telling about her life with a verbally abusive man. The yelling and tantrums, just wow.
People were commenting to her, why don’t you just leave? She wasn’t in a position to do that financially. She had no job, no support systems, he’d driven off all her friends long ago, no car,no savings of her own he didn’t have access to, and she had a young child to think about. She also feared him because he said he’d disappear with their child on the first visitation. She said he was so charming when wanted to be, he would indeed fool a judge into visitation.
The most shocking part of the entire post I read, was the number of other women in a similar situation. They didn’t have physical bruises but they were verbally abused frequently by the person that was supposed to love them.
Russell made a great invention. This marvelous machine would take your inner self and make your outside match your inside.
He tried it on his dog first, and the dog became even more beautiful.
He tried it on a mouse and the mouse became stunning.
Finally, he tried it on himself and he unfortunately had his face rearranged into a gigantic sphincter. Then no one would fund his project. _____________________________________________________________
I actually painted this about 2 years ago when the actual incident that lead to this painting occurred.
There was a stepmother who absolutely ignored her stepdaughter.
In over 6 years, not one single email, text message, letter or phone call to her step daughter that she claimed she wanted to be part of their family.
She instructed her own children to have little to do with the step-daughter and being dutiful kids, they did.
The stepmother would ask others about her stepdaughter even when the girl was in the room.
If the stepdaughter spoke to her stepmother, she would be met with a grunt or silence.
Every photo of the step-daughter was removed from the walls of the house save one left the father’s study.
And when the daughter confronted her father and asked him to intervene and please talk to his wife and help everyone find some common ground, her father simply told her that her stepmother wasn’t good at starting conversations.
I feel bad for them both, they missed out on knowing a great kid 🙂
Size : 11-inches by 14-inches
Ink, watercolor on 140lb hot pressed paper.
Tina is not the actual name of the person I am referring to in this story.