Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Dragonfly"

Rather than an Illustration Friday word fairy this week, a commissioned word came through!  Here is my Dragonfly Fairy!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ensnared Fairy


Sweating the Small Stuff

 This season I've been focusing myself on small stuff (good for purchasing, you know).  Here are some of the things I've been working on.  If there is interest, feel free to email me or comment below.

Face Pendants


Panic Turtles!


Sheppins


Thanks for looking!  There is another fairy inking coming soon!
-ANNA

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kissing Fairies



I missed a week!  But you know what they say, goals are meant to be broken.  Here is the Illustration Friday word for two weeks ago "Kiss".  I do think it turned out better for the extra marinating it did in my brain though, so that's good.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Ice"

My first hick-up so far in my weekly fairy goal!  I'm quite late for Illustration Friday's "Ice" week.  Here he is, though!  A wintry and pensive icicle fairy must not be rushed.


Love, ANNA
 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Nest"

This is my submission to Illustration Friday's weekly word challenge.  Definitely one of my faves so far!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Teeth Fairies

  Presenting the Teeth Fairies!  They came about for a couple of reasons.  One is that my parents, the forest dwellers, saved this old chewed up antler for me.  Being well aware of my fixations, they thought I'd like it.  What would have chewed up the bone like that!? What kind of teeth did this?  Why, fairies with gnarly little fairy teeth of course!  So the antler chilled in my studio for a while, developing ghosts in my imagination.  While that was happening, my studio neighbor, who is a glass worker asked if there was something we could work on together.  I said, how would she feel about making tiny glass teeth?  So we went back and forth and while I was working on fairies, she was working on perfecting the toothing process. 









Process Pics:



Disa making toofs:


Toofless toof fairies

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

"Orange"


Can you tell I'm really excited about Halloween?  Here is my Illustration Friday weekly challenge submission for the word "Orange".

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tarot



Finally getting back into the weekly Illustration Friday challenge.  
The word of the week is "tarot."  


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Leprechaun -Part 7/7


This is the last of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.


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The Leprechaun.  A 2-3 foot, red-haired, green-clad, tri-cornered creature.  Crafty, and clever, he frequents our fairy stories with pots of gold and rainbows.  And like most fairies, he loves the whisky drink and bit of dance and craic.  Beyond that the Leprechaun is, by trade,  a cobbler of shoes, but only one at a time.

That's it for this series of Irish fairies.  No promises, of course!

Fishwife

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 Acrylic on Wood

Pooka -Part 6/7

This is the sixth of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.


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The Pooka is a mysterious, shape-shifting creature.  Although it can take shape as whatever serves it's dangerous purposes, it often comes in the dead of night in the shape of a fearsome black stallion with blazing red eyes.  Luring men onto his back, he gallops into the night and eventually bucks them off.

The Pooka can also come in the form of a giant white rabbit, like in the 1950 film, "Harvey."  It might also be recognized as the festive, magical Easter character we all know and love. 

Stay tuned for more Irish fairies!



Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Leshi -Part 5/7


This is the fifth of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.

The Leshi is a spirit guardian of the forest.  He is a solitary, wily creature.  He is distrustful of and dangerous to humans because of our destructive natures, and will lead hikers and campers astray in the deep woods.  He is half-sized and nearly impossible to see while immobile. 

Stay tuned for more Irish fairies!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Branching Out



Here is a step-by-step of a memorial mural I did for someone a little while ago.  It was a fun change of pace to go on-site, paint, step back in satisfaction and then go home.  

This tree was designed to have tiny little photographs hanging off of the branches, remembering those family members who have passed on.  I included some classic Celtic designs into the tree swirlys.  Can you find 'em?











Cheerio! 
ANNA
xoxo


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Gonconer -Part 4/7



This is the fourth of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.

The Gonconer is related to the Leprechaun, which is noticeable in his devious and greedy nature.  Also known as the Love-talker, this fairy takes the form of a half-sized, gorgeous man with dark shining eyes and cold lips, and is rarely seen without a pipe at the ready.  Smoking aside, the Gonconer's favorite past-time is snaring innocent farm girls in the mist, seducing them for a kiss, thus ruining them for life. 

Stay tuned for more Irish fairies!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Trooping Fairies -Part 3/7


This is the third of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.

The trooping fairies can be any shape and size.  Like most fairies, they love music, dancing and having good craik.  They tend to wear green jackets and stick together, even though they are so often on the move.  

Stay tuned for more Irish fairies!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Titania and Bottom

(Tits and Ass)













I started this project a few months back, imagining i could whip it out for a call-for-art poster for the fantastical/surreal show I opened at Luna Gallery.  I actually didn't even make my own deadline.  But I kindly allowed myself to submit at around 3AM the morning before the show.






The puppets are based on characters from Shakespeare's timeless and popular "Midsummer Night's Dream".
Titania is the beautiful fairy queen, maliciously spelled into falling for Bottom the donkey man.  The body language between the two expresses how I interpret their relationship. 


















Here is some of the Making-Of of Titania and Bottom:







See yas!