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The Ups and Downs of Married Life in 60 Incredible Drawings

Marriage is depicted in many different ways in the media. Is it awful, and full of nagging, as seen on Married With Children? Or is it absolute bliss and rainbows, as those jewelry commercials would have us believe?

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The answer lies somewhere in the middle. Artist and husband, Curtis Wiklund creates art about his married life. Check out his creations!

Anywhere with You

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Any place can seem like a vacation when you’re with the person you love. This piece shows how even a walk can become a bonding experience when you share it with your spouse.

The IKEA Test

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A trip to IKEA can be a true litmus test for a relationship. According to Wiklund, IKEA symbolizes starting a life together and building a home together. This image shows the aftermath of an IKEA haul. Have fun putting all of that together!

Comfortable

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There is nothing better than being with a partner that you can be comfortable around. Sometimes it’s nice to read in bed with your better half beside you. You don’t always have to be doing exciting things together and impressing each other.

Wake Up Call

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Getting ready in the morning can be stressful – particularly when you share a bathroom with your spouse. Wiklund shows that even though you might not be interacting, getting ready together can be a way to make a routine together.

Saturday Night Special

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When you’ve found your soul mate, nothing can be better than just chilling on the couch on Saturday night. Not only is it a great way to spend romantic time together – it’s free!

Making Up

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Even the most solid of marriages has arguments. In this drawing Wiklund shows the viewer that fights happen; but they can strengthen the relationship when communication is used properly and both parties are heard and respected. A happy ending for these two!

Learning Together

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When a couple takes the marriage plunge they learn a lot about each other. Who knew your wife was so handy? Who knew your husband was such a near freak? Not only do you learn a lot about each other, but you learn a lot about other things together as well. Home maintenance for one!

Drawing a Blank

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Having artist’s block can be annoying; but when you have a better half around you can use that time to spend with them. Maybe they will be your muse for your next project!

Woah There, Buddy!

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Wiklund’s wife didn’t feel the love at first sight he did according to this drawing of her shutting down his advances. It looks like she eventually came around!

Unconventional Proposal

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After Curtis wooed the girl of his dreams, Jordin, what did he do next? He proposed, of course! He broke into song on a bus and asked her to marry him. She excitedly accepted! Very smooth, Curtis!

Ah-CHOO

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Yes, we love our spouses, even when they are sick. Taking care of a sick partner can bring you together! Just don’t get too close, because you don’t want to catch the bug!

Sweet Dreams

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Wiklund drew this picture of Jordin taking a nap. He is looking at her with love in his eyes. What’s sweeter than napping with your loved one?

Travel Companion

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When you have a spouse you always have a mate to travel with! This drawing is of Curtis and Jordin in one of the most romantic cities in the world – Venice, Italy!

Nighty Night

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Sometimes a spouse might pass out on the couch during a long movie, or a long night out on the town. When this happens, you better pray it’s the partner that weighs the least – because at some point you’ll probably be carrying them to bed!

Mundane Fun-dane

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This drawing shows how even boring things, like a trip to the grocery store can be much better with two people. Cooking together is also a great way to bond and have fun!

XOXO

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Kisses and embraces are a great way to bond. Whether you are newly wed, or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, you should always show your partner affection!

New Traditions

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When you get married, holidays can be a stress test. This picture shows Curtis and Jordin embracing on the couch, sharing a quiet Christmas evening together.

Cuddling

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Who cares if you have a California King size bed? Sometimes you just want to snuggle as close as you can to your spouse. Cuddling is a great way to be show your love. Even animals do it to strengthen their bond!

Bird’s Eye View

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Here, Curtis shows us his bedtime routine. His wife falls asleep in his arms, while he works on some sketches. She must be very inspiring to him!

Pillow Talk

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Sometimes couples can stay up until the wee hours of the morning just talking to one another. Telling jokes, retelling old stories, and talking about the future is a great way to learn a lot about each other and have some laughs.

Old Friends

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This sketch shows how Curtis met his wife Jordin. They played tee ball together as kids! How cool is that? Curtis said he had no idea the girl from his tee ball team would end up being his wife.

Relaxation

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Once you’ve settled down in your 30s, going out kind of loses its appeal. This is a drawing of Curtis and Jordin sleeping on the couch after a long day of exploring the city. Who says date night has to be fancy?

Room for One More?

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This sweet picture is a drawing Curtis did to show the moment he found out Jordin was going to have their child. The two were extremely excited to start a whole new family together!

To Each His Own

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While being together is great, spending time apart is healthy for couples also. Here is a picture of Curtis working at a café instead of at home. Time alone can help you grow as a person so that you can each grow together.

The Calm Before the Storm

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This is one of the last times this happy couple will be enjoying dinner alone. Jordin looks like she is getting really close to having their bundle of joy!

It’s Go Time!

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One of the toughest and most stressful things a woman can go through is childbirth. With Curtis by her side cheering her on, Jordin perseveres surrounded by love and support.

It’s a Boy!

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There is nothing more surreal and magical than holding your newborn child. Here, we see Curtis snuggling with his newborn son. It’s the start of a beautiful relationship.

New Baby Woes

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New babies are amazing, but they come with a whole slew of messes. In this picture, Jordin is cleaning God knows what off the walls while Curtis holds the sleeping infant, trying not to wake him.

Greatest Feeling

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This first person drawing shows Curtis experiencing one of the greatest, small joys in life – holding his son’s hand. This wonderful feeling is what made Curtis decide he might want to expand their little crew. At this point, they had two children. Would adding a third be a good idea?

Let’s Do the Math

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A third child means not only added responsibility, but also added costs. In this drawing, the happy parents try to do the math while they consider their dream of having a third child.

Party of Five

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This picture is of Curtis and Jordin’s son and daughter welcoming their second daughter – and child #3 – to the mix. The family was over the moon!

The Good, the Bad, and the Boring

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Having an extra body to clothe and an extra mouth to feed caused the family’s financials to take a big hit. Here is a drawing of the parents working on a budget on the couch. They knew they could make it work!

A Good Decision

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Here is a “candid” drawing of Curtis and the family lying in bed together. Moments like this make all of the stresses worth it. Look at the look of bliss on their faces!

Cozy Car Trips

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With three car seats, the Wiklund family road trips started to become a little cramped; however, Curtis didn’t see it this way. According to him the car felt “tight but cozy” when it was stuffed with three kids!

Chaperone Naperone

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As if looking after three kids wasn’t enough, Curtis decided to chaperone a field trip to Cedar Point. Apparently keeping up with a class full of kids is more exhausting than just three. Curtis is seen taking a nap on the way home!

Not Feeling It

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Sometimes artists have bad days. Days like this can lead to stress and anger. Even people in a happy marriage aren’t immune from bad days. Here, Curtis drew a quick sketch of a frustrating evening.

Working From Home

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Kids don’t exactly understand the concept of “working from home.” Here, Curtis shows himself locked in his room working while his wife tries to keep the kids out of his hair – easier said than done!

Snow Day

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There is so much wonder in a child when they play in crisp, fresh snow. In this image, Curtis is making footprints and memories in the snow with the two older kids.

First Time

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We can see that Wiklund takes the time to capture every single moment as a parent. Even this sketch of one of their kid’s first dentist appointments is full of happy energy as the parents try to keep the child from being scared.

I Believe I Can Fly

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This image is probably metaphorical and not literal (although, maybe the couple has mad dance skills!). It shows Curtis literally lifting Jordin up – something partners do to each other in successful marriages.

A Mom’s Life

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In this picture we can see the sheer exhaustion that only moms have experienced. Poor Jordin is out cold on Curtis’ shoulder. We hope his arm didn’t fall asleep!

Sisters For Life

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This drawing is of Curtis looking on as Jordin and her sister catch up and tell jokes. He may not be in on their jokes, but he looks happy to see Jordin having a blast. Another sign of a happy marriage!

Sister-in-Law

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Here is another silly picture of Jordin and her sister. This time, Curtis and Jordin are giving her a huge hug goodbye. Having close family is so great!

Not-So-Common Interests

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This is a picture of Curtis and Jordin at Harry Potter World with Jordin’s sister and brother-in-law. Jordin didn’t see the appeal of the series, but he went along anyway. Not a bad sacrifice to make, Curtis! Harry Potter rocks!

Setting Up Quick Camp

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Couples camping trips are hard to come by when you have three kids. Here Curtis shows us how he and Jordin would “camp out” in their bedroom with a tent made of sheets – such a cute idea!

Back in Time

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This picture shows what Curtis thinks his 6-year-old self would say to his wife if he saw her today. This is sickeningly cute! What a lucky couple.

Tough Times

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Even in amazing marriages, things like grief or sickness can throw a wrench in things. In this colorful piece, Curtis and Jordin embrace each other in a dark period of their lives. Having somebody to lean on is crucial to a great marriage.

Beach Trip!

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In 2011, Curtis whisked Jordin away to Florida so they could enjoy the sun and the beach without interruption. This drawing was done on his iPad rather than by hand and pencil.

Day Trip

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Sometimes it’s nice to get away even for a day. This sketch is of Curtis and Jordin enjoying a peaceful coffee break at Cider Mill.

A Walk is a Nice Date Too

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A long walk in cool, fall weather is a great way to bond and enjoy Mother Nature. This drawing is of Curtis and Jordin enjoying the crisp, fall air with some nice hot coffee!

Be Mine

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This is a cute drawing of Curtis and Jordin on Valentine’s Day. Even with three kids, it’s important to keep the spark alive.

Walk in the Light

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This abstract piece shows Curtis and Jordin walking hand in hand. Even in dark patches, it is important for a couple to be each other’s light.

Time Bomb

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This silly drawing shows a VERY stressed out Curtis and Jordin. The sweet part is that even though they are both ticking time bombs, they can commiserate together and use the experience to bond.

Rock n’ Stroll

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This cute iPad sketch shows the happy couple simply holding hands on a stroll. It’s so sweet that even after all this time they are so close to one another!

Sneaky Cuddles

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It’s important to cuddle even when you have hectic schedules. Here Curtis embraces Jordin during a rare quiet moment in the home.

Life’s a Beach

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In this abstract beach photo, Curtis and Jordin are seen embracing. Even after 9 years of marriage and 3 kids, the love they have for each other is stronger than ever.

Reading Books

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We will let Curtis describe this image for you: “In the last 48 hours of our vacation, my wife read over 900 pages of her new favorite series. I pretend to read too, but every few sentences seem to spark a new idea and I begin thinking or daydreaming, and 48 hours later, I’ve read a total of 12 pages from my 120-page book.”

Dueling Sleep Schedules

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This photo shows us what we’ve picked up on in many other drawings: Curtis is a night owl, while Jordin likes her sleep. Here Curtis portrays himself as a literal night owl.

The Subject that Keeps on Giving

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With his recognition of the subtle nuances of fatherhood and married life, you can bet that Curtis Wiklund will never run out of inspiration and ideas for his next drawings! We can’t wait to see more of his work.

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