Isabella stood in the gallery observing both the patrons and the artwork. The delight on their faces was obvious. They loved what they saw. Many were gesturing with excitement.
Whoever the artist was, his passionate display enraptured many. Every painting depicted an indescribable depth of feeling you had to witness to believe.
While some spoke to affection with a light-handed stroke, they were none the less passionate, simply depicted on a different level while other paintings were very intense and bold and still managing to capture your heart.
However, the one that caught and held her eye, was of a child, dressed in Victorian clothing, a hand outstretched reaching for a butterfly sitting atop a beautiful flower at the front of a garden. Beside her, watching, stood a man amused and delighted. She held her breath. She wanted to reach out and touch the man’s face and hug the child. The love and affection he had for the child, captured in every paint stroke and the child’s delight shone brightly. The appeal was intensely personal.