The Little Match Girl

She took the little maiden, on her arm, and both flew in brightness and in joy so high, so very high, and then above was neither cold, nor hunger, nor anxiety - - they were with God.
— Hans Christian Andersen

As an early teen I remember reading the story of The Little Match Girl and thinking to myself that it had to be one of the saddest things I had ever read in my life. . . the struggle of this tiny girl trying to make it just one more day all alone. . . So much suffering. . . but as an adult it has come to be a short story that holds so much more meaning and is honestly such a beautiful tale that truly touches my heart. So I decided to make a portrait representation of The Little Match Girl with Piper as my amazing little model.

I must admit I have been so incredibly inspired by my dear friend Sue Sonnenberg and her new book Discarded: A Journal For The Creative Soul. . . it is rare that something touches my soul that much and this book has been what my inner me has been trying to say but couldn't put into words. My amazing friend has painted such an incredible creative journey through her own experiences and it is just raw inspiration. . . it makes me want to create. It makes me want to get out the ideas that are bubbling in my head. . . I want to be more of the artist that I have always felt was there just super far down that I couldn't ever make come to the surface and what better time to do that than now?!? What am I waiting for?!? Nobody is going to invite my inner creative to shine the way I wish it to. . . I need to do that and be OK doing that. . . so I shall <3