Nevertheless, here it is: Glimpse, a one-of-a-kind piece in my bears&boxes series. This photo shows the box from the front. It has a tiny little window through which you can get a peek of the inside. The word ‘glimpse’ provides some subtle texture to the outside of the box as well as providing a connection to the name and the theme.
Here is the box fully opened. As you can see, the hand is a prominent element.
This is the left side which has several fairy related quotes and a poem in the middle, just behind the fairy-sized mushrooms. Around the edges of both sides of the box is the following quote from Robert Louis Stevenson: "... every child can remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies ..."
The right side, as shown below, depicts the small discovery someone has made – a fairy bear! I imagine the lucky person catching a glimpse of this wee one, carefully lifting her from her perch, and looking down in wonder and the little fairy bear curiously looking up in turn. It’s a friendly introduction and I have no doubt that after these two have become acquainted, the fairy is gently returned to her mushroom chair with no one else the wiser.
The quote just behind the fairy’s head reads: “It’s easy to believe in magic when you’re young. Anything you couldn’t explain was magic then. It didn’t matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible – elves probably more so.” – Charles de Lint
Here’s a close-up of the little fairy bear. I chose these two colors thinking the fairy would be somewhat camouflaged if she lived among the flowers and mushrooms. The glittery wings must have been what caught this person’s eye and given away this little bear’s location, but what’s a fairy bear and a little magic without a bit of the shiny stuff?
This piece is currently available but it may take me a day or so to post it to my website.