Time Lapse of Dena’s Portrait in Pan Pastels, Pastel Pencils and Colored Pencils.
The purpose of this video is to honor
our daughter Dena Tollefson. To that end Helen elected
to paint a portrait of Dena, but let me have her tell you why that is what she
wanted to do. Hello, I’m Helen Schaefer, Dena’s mom. Let me tell you something about Dena Tollefson, our very creative daughter.
Dena came over to our house yesterday and a discussion began about the
challenges that she sponsors on a regular basis on YouTube. First she did
the green gold challenge, then the turquoise challenge and now the
toadly awesome challenge. That’s how Dena is. A very dependable,
trustworthy type of person. Well anyway, I mentioned that everyone is giving her
salutations and shoutouts and thanks in their introductory statements on YouTube
and that’s very nice of them I said to her and then she said yes she
noticed that and thought it’s strange that the only ones who haven’t ever done
this were her parents. I started to lick my wounds and then chat it back. Well we
gave birth to you and that should be enough and then she laughed and remarked,
that the reason she is sponsoring the challenges is that she wants artists to
feel comfortable and part of a community of fellow artists. She wants the warm
feelings of friendship and fellowship to be her goal with this endeavor. So Helen
thought why not paint a portrait of Dena and use that painting to get this story
out. This was a frustrating process for Helen. She couldn’t find her sanded paper
which is what you really need for pastels and without that paper she couldn’t get
the proper layering. So she overworked the painting, she told me. Then she added
the hair without turning the camera on. She liked the hair, but not the face.
So she scrapped the painting, but asked me to see if I could salvage the hair
and this is what I came up with. So here we are asking Dena to forgive us for
taking her for granted. Dena, you are our special, creative and
loving daughter, and artist, so go for it. We’re here for you.