If you are just joining my art journey, then umbrellas and raindrops may seem a bit out of place here. But one of my favorite subjects awhile back were indeed umbrellas. I painted many umbrellas actually. They hold alot of symbolism for me. I've not painted one since, well.....I get a little teary as I write this. You see, I sent a friend an umbrella painting card while he was very ill to "guard and protect him from the pain. an umbrella that would always be waiting when he needed. an umbrella that I would hold if he needed....." And he kept that card with him, always. Up until his death I was told. So I've not painted an umbrella for sometime now. But as I was playing with some new encaustic paintings ideas I decided it was time. And boy am I glad I did. There is so much joy in this little painting. Two little friends sharing an umbrella as rainbow colored raindrops fall all around them.