nutcracker, before

I’m so excited about this nutcracker! He was made by Richmond nutcracker maker, Glenn Crider, who is one of only a handful of nutcracker artists in the world who still creates his nutcrackers in the German style. 400 steps are involved in the crafting of just one of his nutcrackers! Amazing! This impatient girl admires that.

I’m going to be painting this one to be part of a fundraiser for the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company where my daughter, Olivia, dances in junior company.  The finished piece will be on display with a dozen or so others at a local art gallery and then auctioned off at The Nutcracker Ball on November 19th.

Did I mention I’m excited?! And shhh…don’t tell a soul…if I think too hard about the end result and the auction I get a big ole case of the nerves too, afraid I might make a mess of such a finely crafted piece and let someone down. Oh goodness. Well, the best thing that I’ve found to banish nerves is just to dive on in and put something down, slap on some gesso and get rid of that blank-canvas-pretty-new-journal feeling. I know the direction I’m headed with Mr. Nutcracker, (which I’ll keep secret for now so it can be a big surprise when you see it.) so I’m just going to crank up some music later tonight, or maybe a podcast, and go for it, let my intuition take over, replace the self doubt with lots of good positive words. I have lots of those taped over the art room. And anyway, it’s just paint, right?

I’ll be sure to post the finished which is due sometime around the end of October.

Wanna see nutcrackers other artists painted for the dance company in the past years? Click here.



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