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Hope Within

Last weekend, I finished this painting, which I’ve titled Hope Within.

Hope Within - Original watercolour painting by Kirsten Bailey

It’s been sitting unfinished for a long time, and to be honest I wasn’t sure if I would ever finish it.

I started this painting last year when I found out I was pregnant.  When I later miscarried, I put the painting away because looking at it made me sad.  They say that time heals all wounds, and while maybe they never heal completely they do hurt less.  Last weekend I finally picked up the brush to finish this work.

After all that time (it’s been nearly a year), the meaning of the painting has evolved.  When I started it, it was a symbol of the life growing inside me.  Now I see it as a symbol of the fact that I haven’t given up hope.

Sorry for the sad (and maybe too personal) post.  I debated with myself about sharing this with you, but ultimately I think I needed to explain the meaning behind the painting.


7 thoughts on “Hope Within

  1. I for one am glad you share the (not too personal) post! And the painting! May your unborn child rest in heaven and watch over you, as you move forward in this life on earth.

    Friar Don, OBR

  2. As you say, there is always hope. It’s a lovely painting

  3. Thx for this post.. Helped me when I needed it.
    We just went through a miscarriage and I’m an artist
    And was looking for healing pictures.
    God bless!!

  4. Happened on this and it spoke to me. Even before I read the meaning it seemed alive – like the hope within. Perfect.

  5. Just happened to click on this. How beautiful! So grateful you explained.
    Inspiring. Art is therapeutic.

  6. Your painting is beautiful and I immediately thought of pregnancy and love, parenting and protection. I’m so sorry for your loss… I miscarried recently too and know the pain all too well. I think it’s helpful that we talk about miscarriages and the grief that accompanies them. This painting is a beautiful tribute..hope… your baby always knows your love.

  7. I came across your beautiful painting when collating pictures for a vision board. Since then I have fallen pregnant with twins and often refer back to your painting as the inspiration behind it all. Knowing your very moving and emotional story, makes the picture all the more meaningful! I love the fact that the two trees are growing from the same stem, similar to two babies from the same placenta. I would love to place this in the babies room and was wondering whether you would be interested in selling a copy?

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