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Hope, Art Challenge Number 4

November 18, 2008

Michael Eden and Vikki North honored me by inviting me to name our three-way Challenge Number Four.

I struggled for days to come up with an idea that would dip into each of our individual toolboxes to bring about each of our unique takes on a single concept.

And then, right after the presidential election, I kept coming back to the simple yet emotionally-laden idea of hope.

You can view Vikki’s and Michael’s contributions at their respective links above. Here is mine.


I agree with Michael that hope is a difficult subject to write about. If ever the world needed some hope, it is now. Putting it in simple terms from my personal point of view, I believe we have repudiated the politics of fear. We have seen through the ruse. The game is up. We are ready to choose hope for the future. It isn’t a pipe dream. It is a determination to make a better world for ourselves and our children and grandchildren.

If we allow ourselves to suspend our cynicism for just a little while, to take a long, deep, cleansing collective breath, we will be able to see the possibility of working together to change the world. We will begin to return to the basics of what it means to nurture the earth and each other.

I hope . . . I hope.

I chose collage as a medium for my image titled “Celebrating Hope.” The image size is approximately 10 x 8 inches on heavy archival paper. I will put it in my Etsy shop for collage.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2008 5:26 pm

    Hi Martha,
    Really Excellent! The collage is wonderful and great fun. I love the legs at the top running and dancing and the ‘Martha textural’ signature of color and feel coming into all.

    I especially loved what you have to save about our future and hope. So eloquently and clearly worded. I do prey it goes from this page to this nation as whole. For the first time in many decades we finally have a glimpse of the horizon and someone to be proud of representing us to the world.

    Your choice in Challenge theme was absolutely perfect.

  2. November 18, 2008 6:36 pm

    Hi Martha!
    Your artwork is beautiful. I love the serenity resonating out from the blue jay, and the new life springing forth from the watering can in a multitude of colors. Your art is what the world needs to see every day.

    It’s encouraging to see your optimistic spirit instilled in your art! I already feel more hopeful. And thank you for providing the inspiration for this challenge. I enjoyed it very much! 🙂


  3. November 18, 2008 9:16 pm

    This piece completely drew me in and I went visiting around your blog and Etsy Shop and had a great time! I’m so impressed with your work and your presentation. I’ll be back!

  4. November 18, 2008 9:23 pm


    Thanks for sharing this challenge with us – in addition to a wonderful collage we get to experience the words about hope you’ve offered. I particularly resonated with the idea that with our recent political choices we have repudiated the politics of fear. I suppose if one asked what the opposite of fear is, “hope” would be a very good answer.

  5. November 18, 2008 11:03 pm

    Wonderful collage of soft spirited colors. I especially like the feather, it really added an element of texture to your idea.

    Your right, hope is not a pipe dream, it is now a form of faith. No longer “hope and faith” but now there is a feeling of “faith in hope”.

  6. November 19, 2008 2:57 am

    The world feels better already — not that there’s nothing to fear, but that there’s hope something can get better. Thanks for going there, it’s an inspiration. I could be one of those guys with the happy feet at the top.

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