I started this a long time ago, posted the lower image, and recently went back to it. The top image shows changes I made.
Our lives are permeated with stories of all shapes, sizes and flavors, most of which we have little conscious awareness. As a child I loved illustrations, and as an adult I worked as an illustrator. But simply illustrating a given story is limiting. Now that I'm free to paint what I want, I choose more ambiguity in my subject matter.