MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I hope everyone is having a great holiday and if you are not hopefully this picture will brighten your day if only a little.
“Sugar Plum Fairy” started out as a sketch I drew a couple of years ago it was a ink sketch I was so happy with that I wrote “trace this” by it for future use. So a couple of years and a whole bunch of sketches and ideas later, I was looking through my old sketch books and ran into this one-just in time for the holidays! I had been in a very Christmassy mood at the time so you could say I had sugar plums dancing around my head. But character didn’t start out as such. I wanted her in Christmas colors but was struggling for her purpose in the painting. What did she hold in her hands? A star? A secret gift? Heck, just a present? Nothing was working until one day by random the music from the nutcracker started playing. I don’t think the song itself was “The Sugar Plum Fairy” but just listening to the music had me think of that song. The idea hit. And here is what the original sketch turned into.
The whole time I was painting this I was listening to Christmas music or had “White Christmas” as background noise. The original’s size is 7¾ “x 8¼” so yeah, small, its the same size as the original sketch. After working that small I think I’m going to work with a bigger size for now on. I kind of want to keep my eye site a little longer. O.O
In other news I now have a Store on my website. I am selling originals, prints, and cards. The “Sugar Plum Fairy” will also be in the shop.
Some people ask me why I would do such a thing and sell my originals? Well most of the art I have done in the past are not hanging in my house. I don’t have room for it. They are safely tucked away in my portfolio cases. Once in a while I pull them out to look at them and remember the time I spent on them but then I have to put them back to keep them safe. My pictures bring me so much joy to do and I would love to see those paintings actually out in the open hanging on a wall somewhere making someone else happy as well. Like most artist this is my job, I do art. But this is a job I chose to do because its what keeps me going in this world, it’s a job I am truly happy in.