I’m participating in a mini watercolor challenge and this week’s prompt has me stuck. I’m not even sure why it’s just not clicking with me yet. The prompt is “Fairy Forest”. I can come up with all sorts of literal interpretations but I’m not interested in painting any of those. Working through the dictionary has been a fun exercise but it really came down to the permission Marie-Noelle seemed to give me to try abstraction. The definition that resonated the most with me was “thick cluster of vertical objects” so I stuck with the vertical theme. In my final piece, I tried to emphasize the verticals with the brushstrokes in the grass. The leaves and yellow fairies were tiny, delicate dots filling the treetops. I have to admit that part of my issue with Challenges is the tendency I have to judge the validity of my own work against all of the other submissions. I am so overwhelmed by everyone else’s creativity and beautiful pieces. I find it hard sometimes not to judge my own work so harshly.