I Hope

Like a lot of people these days I’ve been doing some cleaning around the house. I had a painting I did on a large cradled board that I’d never been happy with. And oh dear, it was the second painting on that board that I could never come to feel good about.

I was ready to throw out the board, but…it was large and I hated to waste the money. So one afternoon I started painting over the past, as you might say, and ended up with this new direction.

I like it and I think it is the one that will stay.

“I Hope”

24″ x 36″, acrylics on masonite board, June 2020.


I Hope 24 x 36 6-20

20 thoughts on “I Hope

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    I love this painting. It is so full of life and energy and I bet the fact it has been painted over twice adds depth to the layers of colour and visual texture.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes. The more layers, the more richness. I also used a roller on a lot of this and that lets the earlier layers shine through. Which I like.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes. I do believe in the number three. (Once just scratches the surface, two usually goes backwards, three consolidates and amplifies plus quite often a shot of way out there new ideas). And you know what, sometimes, I think I just like to keep on painting. Just doing the painting, my excuse is I want to improve the painting or change it, but maybe…I just like the feel of paint and paintbrush!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Did I answer this? I am kind of lost in my comment section. Anyway, if so, I’ll do it again. I am very satisfied with this one. That sense of “rightness” is finally there.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I am really happy with how this turned out. Sometimes I think you have to wait until you are in the right mood, especially if the piece is large (so much to cover, lack of ideas really shows…)

  2. lifelessons

    So intriguing. At first I thought it was a number of different pieces and wished you had done closeups of each of them. Finally realized it was one painting. I’d love to hear its story.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. It was a large board I bought some time back and as I said in the post, did a couple of other (non satisfying paintings) that this one has obliterated. In the beginning, I was mostly covering up the old, and then I think I was just reflecting on the feeling of safety, of people helping each other, and that soon I will be a grandmother, I reach out to my little future granddaughter and hope so much that her future, most of which I will not see, can be one of kindness and people getting along in a healthy world. Not that I started out thinking this, the painting evolved my thinking along these lines as I did it.

      1. lifelessons

        Thanks for the explanation. I love hearing how art evolves and this is the technique I always use. Just keep adding until it it finished.

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  4. petrujviljoen

    … like the feel of paint and paintbrush … – sounds about right where I’m at at the moment. Congrat on having this piece accepted to the Viral Imaginations site.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I can’t answer for having done any good work since March, doesn’t matter, I am just trying to do what I can enjoy and that is calming, let the results fall where they may. I guess that is the best way to get along these days, look inside and not push to meet any other expectations from outside that you don’t have to, maybe.

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