I started this one in the early days of the pandemic. It is both a very personal and universal painting (I hope) . I didn’t intend for it to go here. It was supposed to be a simpler painting of an abandoned house. The child and the balloon were spontaneous, and demanded to be added. So I took the risk. The first time I stepped back from it after painting in the balloon, I teared up. It reached into both my deep past and the present.
The lives we knew are gone, the future is likely to look a little different. We are making memories right now, for some nightmares, for others, a time to reflect.
Although it is important to stay positive, it is OK to feel sad or scared from time to time. Be in the moment, no matter what it brings. Hang in there and look for the joy.
I’d love to know what this painting makes you feel? Makes you think?