It’s a bit late but Valentine’s Day came and went without any dramas. In fact, I had a lovely day as spent in with some very dear friends.
With regards to buying myself something to mark my new start in life after divorce, I decided to buy a painting to go in my new decorated lounge. The choice of a painter was quite easy as I had always admired a painting that hung above the sofa of a friend of mine and knew that I wanted one of his paintings in my house too.
The painter, Roger Hann, and I also had a couple of connections. His wife was my midwife when I was pregnant with Michael and Natasha and he was the stepdad of a close friend of mine. It just felt perfect that I had one of his paintings and I had seen just the one that I wanted. It was hanging up in a cafe in Topsham, Exeter, Devon – just 200 miles away!
Here you can see it as I first saw it (via a facebook photo) – it is the one furthest on the right.
Fortunately, I knew I would be in Exeter for a few hours a couple of days after Valentine’s Day so, with a bit of communication and organisation, I bought my painting and transported it back to Telford.
It is now hanging in my lounge for all to admire and me to enjoy every day.
I know that everyone sees something different in a painting but to me, I see hope and peace after a stormy night. The large waves that have buffeted the shore are slowly ebbing away and although the storm has shifted the sand about, the beach remains intact – just a bit different. The sun is now coming up to show that the darkness has passed and it is a new day with new adventures. It reminds me of this Bible verse: “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:28)
It is the perfect painting for my new life in Telford.