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Andrew Thornton Original Art - Holiday Collection-Sugar Plum Fairy — 2019

  • Andrew Thornton Original Art - Holiday Collection-Sugar Plum Fairy — 2019

Original art by Andrew Thornton from his 2019 Holiday Collection. Listing is for one piece; you will receive the one shown in the photo. We make every attempt to portray colour as realistically as possible, however, not all screens are the same. Please note that actual colour may vary from what is seen on your screen. For more information, please feel free to email us at with the item name.

Size is approximately 11” x 14” (14" x 18" framed). Acrylic and mixed media on heavy bristol board with several layers of gesso and an absorbent ground.

From Andrew: What's this? More holiday themed artwork? Yep! This time I delved into the world of the Nutcracker. I decided to create my version of the Sugar Plum Fairy and added new products to my Society6 page. I am really intrigued by performing arts. Dance is one of those alchemical processes that transforms hard work, practice, and physical endurance and turns it into something graceful and ethereal. Good dance can engage the space and transport the audience.

At one point, I thought that I might be a dancer. And perhaps it's one of my biggest regrets as of my young adult life. I didn't receive formal training. I traded my services as an artist to paint murals and make costumes for different nightlife performers in exchange for dance lessons. It was all very secretive and unstructured. After awhile, I decided to go to my first open audition. They broke us down into groups and after seeing the first group go, I left. I didn't even try. And I shelved that dream for another life, another version of myself.

Nowadays, I am less fearful of failure or rejection. Back then, I was still finding myself and didn't have confidence. I didn't trust myself and I was afraid of being made fun of or looked down upon. I listened too much to the ghosts in my head that said that I wasn't good enough, that I was damaged and broken. I didn't know my own self-worth and I wasn't willing to risk it to find out.

Now. I. Know.

Sometimes things aren't meant to be. Maybe it's timing or opportunity or any innumerable variations of why something doesn't happen the way you'd ideally want. But there's a beauty in not getting everything you want. Sometimes it opens you up to new ways of thinking and learning to call upon all your resources. Sometimes it makes you hungrier and more determined. Failure tempers the blade and makes it stronger. It teaches us to listen to our inner voice and learn to hear the ring of truth. Is this true? Is this right? Is this where we're supposed to be?

To make the painting, I start out by creating layers of paint and salt on heavy bristol paper. Once everything is dry, I sand down the surface and remove all the crunchies. It creates a really neat patterning. To that, I add more layers of acrylic paintings, iridescent pigments, and metallic paints. And when they're done, I seal them.

This piece is also signed and dated on the back. Shipping amounts are built into the price. No extra shipping is needed in the continental USA. For foreign purchases, please email us at


Andrew Thornton Original Art - Holiday Collection-Sugar Plum Fairy — 2019


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