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Summer Fairy

Posted Aug 1, 2007, 9:57:07 PM

This is one of my favorite paintings...I used it for my icon, in fact.

I was trying to do some interesting things with the composition.  The whole design of the fairy incorporates a series of arrows that are meant to draw your eye to the dandelion.  The shape of the wings, the hair, the open sky...all point to the flower.  I don't know why.  I just thought it might look interesting.

In my mind, she's the first fairy of summer, & her job is to go around sowing the first dandelions of the season.  She's a bit of a troublemaker.

Watercolor on cold-press D'Arches paper.

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  • Aug 1, 2007
    Attention is definitely drawn towards the flower, even from the thumbnail and before I read your description.
    I love how her wings look more like moth wings (to me) than the more cliché looking butterfly wings that most often accompany faerie drawings.
    I like how she's drawn, too, and her hair looks really nice, I just keep looking at it!
    • Aug 1, 2007
      Thank you. Smile

      My husband likes to tease me by calling her the "Ring" fairy ('cause he thinks her hair makes her look like the creepy girl from the movie "The Ring". He thinks he's funny...
      • Aug 1, 2007
        Aw... Well if it makes you feel any better, I didn't think about that at all! (And I'm familiar with that movie and have heard many, many jokes about it/the hair/etc...)
  • Aug 1, 2007
    Beautiful wings. I love the colors.
    • Aug 1, 2007
      Thank you. Smile

      Usually, whenever I draw a fairy I break out a field guide & look up some moth or butterfly for reference...but those wings are just something I made up on the spot. I just wanted them to be bright & neutral with a little yellow in them (to tie back with the dandelion).
      • Aug 2, 2007
        You definitely tied them back to the dandelion. I love the splashes of color, I think you did a good job creating them. ;D