Small-Scale Artistry

Small-Scale Artistry

My camera does no justice to the filigree scrollwork painted on my toenails. For example, can you tell that the background is artfully shaded with two different colors of red? And the sparkle factor is also not accurately captured—the metallic lacquer is imbedded with extra-fine glitter. You have to see it in person to get the full impact.DSC00571

Once a month, my sweet hubby treats me to a manicure and pedicure. It’s a small luxury that would have been out of the question when we were raising our five children, but is manageable now, during the rear end of our lives.

When I leave for the salon, he’ll often jokingly say, “Tell them you want the entire Constitution of the United States on your toenails.” If I come home with just a plain coat of polish, he’ll say, “What? No design? I wanted you to get something special.”

So I do. The Quality Nails salon in Tempe, Arizona has literally thousands of designs they can paint on your nails. To see a small sample, take a look at the gallery on the Quality Nails website

My favorite nail artist works quietly. No idle chit-chat for her. See devotes all her powers of concentration on the task before her. Every stroke of her brushes is deliberately planned to execute the desired image. Nearby stylists pause and watch her for a moment. I tell her she should apply her artistry to canvas. She smiles shyly.

She is an artist in every sense of the word. Not only is she talented, but she is skilled, the kind of skill earned by daily practice over many years.

Do you recognize the artistry of common tradespersons? Like the house painter, cake decorator, shoe repair person? Share a story about a time you were blown away by creativity you didn’t expect. Type a comment below.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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