Popeye: When Love Hurts is a painting about relationships. I have faced many relationships in my life. I have had crushes, infatuations, obsession and love. I also believe that others have had these feelings about me. This painting is about a love that is beyond reach. This is a painting of putting your heart out there and not getting the same in return. It is about thinking of someone all the time, but not having that person in your life. I have struggled with this. I have found that if I focus on something else. I would focus on work; I would focus on past relationship that were great; I would focus on sports; I would be distracted from my obsessions and I would then be able to move on.
I have also found that if I think that everyone goes through this in life and that I am not alone, it makes it much easier. Fact is, I have used this in everyday life. I have found that the more I tell myself that this is just life and everyone goes this, the easier life gets. If my boss is mad at me, then I would put in my head that he is in a bad mood or he is like that to everyone. I try not to take it personal. If I say hi to a person on the street, and they say nothing back, I immediately think what is wrong with me. I then refocus that this person is in a bad mood or he is like that to everyone. So I don’t try to take anything personal. It is finding that I have a value in life and that I am no better than anyone else, which makes me a happier person in life.