Sunday, December 18, 2016

Loss

This is the third piece in my recent series. In this scene the bride has her back to the frog, who may represent the husband who, for whatever reason is not present. The mushrooms suggest a dream state so maybe it reflects the woman's desire for a spouse, her disappointment that her dream of the frog becoming her prince never materialized, or perhaps it is the prince who longs for a bride.  It may also be a representation of the transformation or loss of her spouse early in a marriage through physical separation, emotional disconnection, disease, divorce, or even suicide or death by some other cause. 


                                          Loss 30"X40"
 The word honeymoon was originally a reference to the inevitable waning of love like a phase of the moon. 

This, the first known literary reference to the honeymoon, was penned in 1552, in Richard Huloet's Abecedarium Anglico Latinum. Hulcet writes:

 Honey mone, a term proverbially applied to such as be newly married, which will not fall out at the first, but th'one loveth the other at the beginning exceedingly, the likelihood of their exceedinge love appearing to aswage, ye which time the vulgar people call the hony mone. -- Abedarium Anglico-Latinum pro Tyrunculis, 1552

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