I painted "Hope Poppy" as a gift to Pat MacMaster. She found me on Facebook, fell in love with my paintings, and ordered two pet portraits. In other words, she is a great fan. Then she went out of her way to introduce my work to her friend, who was uncomfortable with the computer stuff. So Pat served as a go-between, sending me Lynn's dogs' pictures, texting her, etc. To make the long story short, I was able to paint and sell three pet portraits thanks to her.
When she first sent me the email about her friend, I was down. Suddenly I felt the surge of optimism. Someone loved my work so much that she spent her rare visit with her friend, talking her into ordering paintings. I felt hope. Yes, I can do it. I can make a go of it as a full-time artist!
I titled the small painting "Hope Poppy." A bright poppy is in full bloom amongst lush greens; a bud will open another day. "Hope Poppy" is filled with light and hope. Thank you, Pat.