Don't get fooled, this Creepy painting Is about hope!

You've been there....worrying....fretting....feeling scared.  You didn't know how you were going to pay your rent or if you'd be able to get a job when you were laid-off, or you felt overwhelmed and alone like no one cared for you after your boyfriend left you.  That's what my newest painting is about.   Here is how I created it.

My 1st sketch of "Out-running the Hounds of Hell".

My 1st sketch of "Out-running the Hounds of Hell".

I call this painting, "Out-running the Hounds of Hell".  I made a bunch of sketches of it when I was feeling low and needed to inspire myself to keep going.  At that time, it felt like I kept losing at everything I did...my job....my relationships....my health.  It was like my feet weren't going to hold me up much longer.  I wondered if my legs would give out next.    

The sketch and the painting of the little girl.

The sketch and the painting of the little girl.

The sketch and the painting of one of the scary dogs a.k.a. hounds of hell.

The sketch and the painting of one of the scary dogs a.k.a. hounds of hell.

I painted the pain and the self-doubt.   I painted the desperation and loneliness.  For months, I worked on this painting.  Before finishing it, I realized this creepy painting was more than the scary dogs chasing the little girl.  It was about keeping the hope alive.  You keep moving, you keep trying until you've finally make it to a clearing and you've escaped.  You've left them behind.  

"Out-Running the Hounds of Hell" 30"x14" acrylic paint on BFK Rives paper.

"Out-Running the Hounds of Hell" 30"x14" acrylic paint on BFK Rives paper.

That's why she has a flower in her hand.  It's what she was holding on to when she had nothing else to believe in.  Don't be fooled; it's about hope.  Do you see it?  Has hope kept you going during your most difficult times too?  I made it through all those challenges and now I know I can out-run the hounds of hell.  I'm sure you can too.