The painting featured here has just been delivered to one of my Galleries and is called "Hope". Sometimes I struggle with naming paintings and will use the same thing over and over, such as, Girl a red hat, Girl in a white hat and Girl in yellow hat. My son, Sam once said that he thought I could use more interesting titles so I listened to his advice and started using words, phrases and titles that I'd read in poems. I seem to be back to more straightforward titles now and "Hope" came to mind as that's what we all need. Universally everyone needs some hope and some light on the horizon. I use some tricks to keep myself going. One of these is that I believe that it gets warmer as soon as we get to March 1st. Even though this isn't true I say it every year and always feel filled with hope as soon as we reach March. Painting gives me a huge amount of hope - I hope that I can finish a work and send it out to a new home and that this process continues. The garden provides hope when you see a small shoot appearing. During the past few years plants that I have wished for have appeared in the garden. I was speaking with an old friend on the phone and she asked if I had any snowdrops in the garden. No, I said I haven't but I'd love it if I did. As if by magic, the next time I went down the garden there were three large clumps of snowdrops growing - amazing.
So today I'm sending out a message of hope that you can see some light on your horizon.