By Trix Wilkins
Welcome to Part 2 with Little Women fan and designer Tarissa of Pixel Berry Pie Designs. We’ve had the work of talking starting businesses and organizations – now comes the play!
For all who have wished that a book world could be real, looked for inspiration to create, and just daydreamed of going on holiday with that elusive Little Women character…
If it were possible to jump into books, which part of Little Women would you want to experience “in person” (and be a part of)?
Well, there’s one scene that I would love to be a part of, just so that I could change the outcome. And that’s to stop Amy from spitefully burning Jo’s book. It’s the part of the story that always makes me cry. But your question wasn’t about what I would like to change in the story, so…
One of the scenes that brings me the greatest joy is when Beth receives her own little piano from their kindly neighbor, Mr. Laurence. That’s the moment I’d like to personally be there for — to see the utter surprise and innocent wonder written across Beth’s face — and to be there with the rest of the family, celebrating with dear Beth.
What or who inspires your creativity? When the genius refuses to burn (if you’ve ever experienced that!), what do you do?
Like Louisa, who drew from her own experiences and family life, the same is true of me.
In my shop, you’ll find a collection of things I’m a fan of… Monopoly (please, don’t ask me how many variations of the game that I actually own)… Doctor Who (sure, why not?)… inspirational scripture… and of course… literature! Words, especially well-worded phrases make my heart pitter-patter a little faster.
So I try to visually create what my heart feels about certain special book quotes and such.
And if someone out there in the world can enjoy that same feeling by looking at my art hanging on the wall in their home, that’s my greatest hope.
When this so-called “genius” (your words, Trix, not mine!) doesn’t seem to want to come through, that’s alright. I have a whole notebook of ideas that I jot down constantly. Ideas that are just waiting to come to life when I have the time for it.
So when my minds turns rather blank, then I’ll just flip through the pages until I hit upon an idea that is something that I can connect with at that moment in time (there may be hundreds of choices!).
After falling into my own little “vortex” for a while, I come up for air with a brand new design to share with the world.
It’s this notebook that helps carry me through my own version of “writer’s block”.
Out of all the Little Women characters, who would you…
…be OK being stuck in an elevator with?
Well, it would definitely have to be someone who wouldn’t go into hysterics over the situation. That rules a few characters out, methinks. So perhaps I’d choose Jo. Or Marmee. I think either of them could handle it well. To pass the time away until being rescued, I could swap stories with Jo, or have a heart-to-heart conversation with Marmee. We’d totally survive the trauma.
… go on holiday with?
Laurie; this is just obvious.
(By the way, the only reason at all why I would ever desire to step into Amy’s shoes, is to go on a European tour, spending quality time with Laurie… Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?)
Scotland would definitely be on our itinerary.
How to enter the giveaway
To go into a draw to win a copy of Tarissa’s latest Little Women art of the above quote before August 31 (each of the below constitutes one entry – so the more the merrier!):
- Answer this question in the comments: Out of all the Little Women characters, who would you go on holiday with? (And where?)
- Follow Tarissa on Instagram @pixelberrypie
- Pop one of your favorite quotes from The Courtship of Jo March in the comments
For those who love a sure thing, this artwork is 20% off through the rest of August. It’s available here in your choice of either Black Text on White, or in Chalkboard. Tarissa will ship an art print to our giveaway winner (US only – digital/printable design will be sent via e-mail to a winner outside the US).