A magic spell is simply the words we speak and believe about ourselves, which becomes the difference between living life as a tiresome decline from the happiness of youth, or a graceful and ever expanding dance towards our full potential. While working on this piece and contemplating possible titles, the song Time by Pink Floyd came on (from which I borrowed a line). It’s a story of misspent youth and the relentless advance of age. It spoke to me as an appropriate metaphor for this painting, which captures a delicate moment in the life of a young girl on the human journey. The scene was further inspired by the ethereal figurative works of 19th Century artist, William Adolphe Bouguereau, and photographer Cheryl Walsh.