All of you here have suffered through my art – sometimes lovely, sometimes learning – for a while now. I’m getting better, and I’m proud of all the progress that I’ve made, but I am nothing compared to this amazing gal:
Alison Fennell, of the Eastwitching Etsy shop, is one of the watercolor artists who most inspires me. Her work is evocative; simple but unmistakable. She captures the essence of each creature she paints without over-detailing it, creating a very loose but powerful image. For months, I’ve been lusting for some of her prints, telling myself I was going to pick them up as soon as I got a full-time job again and things weren’t quite so tight, budget-wise.
Then, something happened. This awesome woman started running a weekly contest through her blog – find the needle hidden in one of the images and win a free print. I was overjoyed – a chance to get one of these gorgeous pieces now? Sign me right up! I’ve been entering each week, faithfully, hoping to get my favorite print.
Along the way, I’ve exchanged a few words with Alison. She’s asked my opinion on the contest – presumably along with many others – and I’ve given her what feedback I had. I’m just pushy enough that I even went so far as to offer some ideas and suggestions that she might not have considered, expecting a polite thank you and maybe some future contest fun.
Instead, one of my favorite artists wrote me back to thank me, profusely, and to tell me that she was going to send me the print I’d been hoping to win, free of charge, because what I’d said had been particularly useful to her! When I read those words I actually teared up for just a moment, just because this kindness was so unexpected. I hadn’t thought to get anything from the conversation beyond the chance to workshop an idea with another person, one in a position to benefit.
As my financial situation changes, you can be sure I’ll be going back to her store to buy. In the meantime, I’ll just be window-shopping with greedy eyes. If you like animal images, art, and supporting good people, stop by Eastwitching and take a look around. You just might join me in painting-love. And Ms. Fennell is just plain nice.