Every Friday, I check out the new word, and then let it sit for a little bit. Some weeks a thousand ideas go through my mind. This week was one of those weeks, but somewhere, lurking in my subconscious, this image came up.
When I was a kid, I had this Enid Blyton book of short stories, and one of my favourite stories was about fairy mirrors - the dewdrops that get caught in the lupin leaves. Now that we live in Nova Scotia, and have lupins everywhere, I think of that story often. I have no idea what happened to the book - I've tried to find a new copy for years, but I've never seen it anywhere. But I do remember the stories!
I tried to capture it a couple of times. First, in watercolour. I loved it, right close up, but as soon as I got more than 10" away, felt like the colours were just a little weak. I don't think I was meant to be a watercolourist! I tweaked it a tiny bit with the computer, so I'm happier with it now.
Next, I had a few minutes while Griffin and I painted together, so I snuck this painting over my initial drawing. It's painted with Griffin's little pots of acrylic - he was kind enough to share.
P.S. If you know which Enid Blyton book I'm talking about, could you send me the title?