“Hello” typically represents a greeting, this painting looks at not just someone, but with something or somewhere. Sometimes the situation is desirable, as in this work where the figures are inspired to dance or sit upright when touched by music. Other times the “hello” is stopping to look at the world around us, as the boy viewing the fish in the water. Lastly, it can be easy to turn away from something uncomfortable, ambiguous, unknown or challenging. In a world teeming with examples that say “leave me alone” and “go away”, it is my hope that this painting will inspire others to step towards, extending a virtual hand to say “hello”.
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To celebrate the solstice, here is a song by Katzenjammer … hello summer!