Monday, April 23, 2007

All kinds of hope in a shopping cart.

Every time I fill a shopping cart, I have good hopes....

At the food store, where all good intentions fly at first entry, I always hope that the food in it will last longer than the previous time, so I won't have to go soon again!
The season also has its influence. In winter I hope that what's in this cart will make the blues go away. In summer I have good hopes that my cart will help me fit into that skirt I bought 10 years ago.
Then there is the constant hope that I haven't forgotten anything....

Going to the hardware store produces hope of another kind. Whatever I put in the cart, always raises the hope that maybe there is an angel looking down on me and this load who will volunteer to do the work..the bigger the cart, the bigger the hope...

The garden center has all the bright hopes of the good and beautiful in life...hope that these little plants will brighten up that dark corner, hopes of abundant flowerings in spring, hopes of bigger fruit next year, hopes that summer will last forever...

Lets not forget the hope which this sketch is all about...an adorable bearer of our hopes in a cart....well, that is simply necessary practicality! Pen and wash in moleskine (and photo)

20 comments:

Sandy said...

How TRUE, I identify with each and every Hope mentioned, I think we all do and yet I never thought of it that way - Terrific rendition and I had that exact cart Full at the nursery Sunday - Thanks for taking a very boring challenge and bringing it to Life!

caseytoussaint said...

You did it! This is an adorable sketch too - there's something about the wheels that I just love.

Lin said...

CHARMING AND SO WELL DONE!!! I love the plants you included!! LOL

Jana Bouc said...

This is such a sweet and charming sketch. I love the line work and colors....and I totally relate about hopeful trips to the store...especially the art supply store...if I just had the right brush the art angels would make the painting do what I want it to...

Sarah said...

This is such a lovely sketch, really well handled - looks like it could be part of an ongoing narrative

Teri C said...

What a wonderful little sketch and commentary. Adding the people made is so interesting.

Carole said...

Well done! This is such a difficult challenge, and you've done it beautifully. I like the little bundle in the cart ;)

SCquiltaddict said...

very nice...espeically like the people in the sketch...lovely

Irene said...

Nice painting and you have given me "hope" by your writing. I will never look at a shopping cart the same again. Thanks.

bec said...

sweet! We have carts just like that one here in Pennsylvania...USA>

Okay... I've been slacking on the drawings lately...you've inspired me to get moving! I'll do this one tomorrow!

Alison said...

Lovely sketch and memorable text indeed- you convey your thoughts beautifully. Thank you

aPugsLife-laserone said...

Oh this is so great, so original! :)

Africantapestry said...

Thanks for looking and commenting
Ronell

Renate said...

Great post. I know this "hope-thing" very well too...

phthaloblu said...

I hear what you're sayin'! This reminds me of an illustration for a children's book. Beautifully done!

platitudinal said...

I like the symbolism the shopping cart represents. A thoughtful piece, and a sweet illustration that emphasize the element of hope. Fantastic!

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

This is just wonderful, Ronell...I love your thoughts as well as your images. Both are fresh and insightful.

Robin said...

Wonderful and inspiring sketches! I enjoy your delightful writing too! I'll check back in the future. (And thanks for you comment about my painting too!)

Emma Pod said...

Love this cart full-o-hope! You are right about the hopes that come with a cart...I always hope that I'll finish whatever project I'm purchasing. Nice drawing of cart and people and plants!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

He He! So cute!