JJ’s “painting” often feels like it is harming me deeply, like it is a thing he is doing TO ME even though I know it is a thing he is doing FOR HIMSELF. I’m sharing this comic because I never want to tell him to stop “painting.” I have been questioning why it hurts and trying to explore that for a long time now, and I’m not done yet. He has tossed around the idea of giving up painting to avoid hurting me, but that feels like too much to allow him to sacrifice. It might end with me deciding I can’t be with a painter. Only time will tell. But we’re committed to figuring it out, hence poly-things re-taking-over the blog.