My Grandparents had a long marriage over 60 years. They were both in their 90s when they passed away. There must have been difficult times in their marriage, but I never saw any sign of it. My father said he could never remember them having a cross word with each other. They worked as a team and supported each other in their roles. Maybe they sorted out their roles early in their marriage. I do know that there was clearly marked areas of responsibility and that they honoured each other's roles. Nana was very loyal to her husband and would never tolerate a bad word said against him (he could be a bit strict towards his children even when they were grown!).
I think the answer was their love for God and their love for family. I know that if there was a problem in their children's or grandchildren lives they would come running. I have so many memories of their love for me, my brothers and sister and cousins. Somehow Nana managed to show each one of us her special love for us, even when there were up to 30 people in her home at Xmas, she still managed to each and every one of us a blessing. So, if she managed to do that for us, just think of the love she must have showed Granddad. A real role model for all of us. I definitely believe that Alice managed to fulfill the Proverbs 31:12 verse of loving supporting, encouraging her husband all the days of her life.
For the artwork, I used photos of wood, leather, a vase and an oil painting and put them together on Photoshop with a lot of tweaking.. The oil painting is not my usual style, I wanted a soft look that was fuzzy and warm! It was actually good to paint in a looser manner, I think I got more expression in it, than if I used my normal tighter style. Think I will do more work like this.