Pastel Still Life and the Art Fairy
My daughter Claire has been home for the last week or so, and has been working hard over in the studio, trying to get a portfolio together for a Master’s program. Inspired, and wanting to hang out with her a little, I went up and worked on a pastel the other day. I was furious with myself because it was so dull, so I added color, and then I thought I’d gone too far, so I left the studio in a discouraged mood. Last year, someone from the EDM list left a comment on my blog after I’d written about a similar experience, and said, “you just need a visit from the art fairy.” That’s the one who fixes work you’re unsatisfied with, so that when you take it out a few days later it just doesn’t seem so bad, and sometimes even looks pretty good! So yesterday I went up to check, and Claire agreed with me that the art fairy had indeed been by. She (my daughter) thinks it’s not one of my best, but it’s definitely been improved upon. I wish I could remember who it was who first introduced me to the art fairy, she’s become a great friend, and saved me from some dire acts of destruction. If you recognize yourself, please leave a comment so that I can thank you again.