The beauty of rosy peach and pink colors, the magic of springtime, like a vision from Victorian times!
Each spring, a fairy arrives with the blooming of the magnolia tree, which is her patron tree. She is entrusted with protecting the songbirds of our country neighborhood. She enjoys the warmth of the morning sun upon her face, while the fragrance of the flowers soothes her spirit. Should ever she spy a cat or hawk, she rides upon her companion bird to create lively flying tricks that draw the interest of predators away from songbirds. She also protects eggs and nestlings from squirrels.
She senses changes in the air that precede thunderstorms. Then she reminds the robins to strengthen their nests and gathers spider webs to help secure the eggs. Her joy is seeing baby birds become fledglings and learn to fly.
Since fairies prefer to remain unseen, I pretend not to see Elena. Each day, when I bring bird seeds to a small feeder nearby, I steal a glance and wish her well, grateful she is one of "The Good People," The Fair Folk.
Elena is a member of the Magnolia Sisterhood of fairies, shown with her companion bird.
I designed Elena's clothing on a 14-inch doll, using real magnolia petals.
Fairies reside within imagination, in the magical part of nature. They reside in our human way of imagining changes of size, from the tiny pixies to the giants that populate mythology.
My web page shows the under-paintings (first paint layers, imprimaturs). The broad shapes of paint establish the art design (light and dark areas). Each one is a guide, similar to an armature created by a sculptor.
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October 19th, 2016
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