After painting colourful messages of hope on her family’s garage door during a lockdown, a young girl has become popular in her neighbourhood.

a mother of two Christine Hilditch has been allowing her five-year-old daughter Eilidh to turn their black glossy garage door into a large-scale art project.

Eilidh has let her imagination run wild twice a week since April 2020, covering the room with mermaids, dolphins, Spiderman, and dinosaurs.

As the lockdown in Scotland is relaxed further, she has demonstrated it with a rainbow, flowers, and the word “Hope.”

Eilidh has a small stool that she can use to climb higher up, and her artist mother assists her with anything she can’t reach.

People ask if the drawings are hers on the street, and an adoring fan club has begun leaving boxes of chocolates on their doorstep.

Proud mom Christine said: “Whatever comes into her head she does… It could be quite random, one week we had a fairytale as she had been learning about them at school so there was a fairy godmother and it began ‘Once upon a time’ and ended ‘Happily ever after’.

“She did poppies for Remembrance Day, and one for Valentines’ Day. It depends on what is happening around her.”

Christine added: “She is just drawing outside to make people happy.”

Christine has already used up one broom cleaning the garage, but when it rains, the chalk is washed away, and Eilidh has to start again on the next dry day.

Eildih was rushed to the hospital by ambulance in August after flying off a roundabout in a playpark and breaking her elbow, which needed surgery to repair.

She became ambidextrous despite the fact that she couldn’t draw with her right arm.

Christine said: “She was learning how to draw with her left hand, she just wanted to keep going. She was going into P1 [first grade] so she was really anxious about not being able to do stuff. Now she can write with her left hand as well as her right.”

As Britain’s lockdown eases, Eilidh is looking forward to returning to school. And one thing is certain: this little girl is doing exceptionally well in her art classes.

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