I met this little lady last August, a Martin Englebrecht illustration from 1735.
She called to me with a delicious array of confections and I couldn't help myself. This irresistible little maiden standing erect, selling her delights. I've admired and studied her extensively, the fantastic displays of bonbons and marzipan fruits. Her dainty wrists grab the weight of a fabulous silver and gold woven basket suspended from red velvet ribbons and she manages to elegantly balance a towering sugar loaf in one hand and a fancy blue delight in the other. Even her silk ensemble shouts delicious! Her work is an imaginary job I smile to dream about: Molding and painting marzipan fruits, making colorful bonbons, getting all dressed to the nines, steping into a metallic basket and then leaving for work. Sounds heavenly, a profession that would make people happy, don't you think? Who wouldn't be glad to see this lovely maiden approach?
After awhile, she challenged me to create HER and I accepted.
La Confectioner took me on a journey. Sometimes I didn't know where I was going. Yes, there were battles, but she made it here and she was worth it. A challenge yes, but in ways that are all good!
Hope you enjoy meeting this little lady and perhaps fascinated to see the process and evolution. Maybe she will inspire you or make your smile!