My competition to win a custom print was amazing! I had so many great entries and there were lots of ideas that I was really drawn too. In the end I picked this entry by Lous Crowe: "I would love one of these pictures, not for myself but for my niece (aged 10). She loves to dance - has often been on stage even at this age - also is musical, sings, is learning the violin... And has an immune system that doesn't work. She knows Addenbrookes hospital far better than a child her age should. But even when she's had to go through procedures that would give me the screaming ab-dabs, she has just coped with it all and the only thing she worries about is whether she'll miss her dancing. What would I like for her? Maybe a fairy that dances through sunlight? Or an angel that will always smile for her? I'm sure you'd know what was best."
I was inspired by the idea of this resilient girl who was facing life courageously inspite of difficulties.
Lois sent me a couple of pictures of her niece and I saw what a shining spirit she had. I knew that I wanted her to be a fairy and also that I wanted her to look like a dancer. The most important thing for me is to get the energy of the piece right. It took a little while to balance the colours and the shapes and then the idea of the hearts came to me.
I think rainbow colours are very healing and I also wanted her to have a rainbow heart necklace - like it's her special secret power. I'd love to get a necklace made like that myself too!
Anyway, I really loved creating this and I really hope that it helps to spread a little happiness in tough times.