Category Archives: Year of the Fairy Tale

Art illustrations for (& my re-writes) of classic fairy tales.

Frankly Freddie, The REAL Tail of Little Red Riding Hood

Warning!  Do NOT read the story of Little Red Riding hood that has been circulating. It’s filled with violence and death. 

The Real (& Untold Story) of Little Red Riding Hood

Dedicated to all adoptees, whether two or four-legged.

by Freddie Parker Westerfield

Freddie Parker Westerfield
Freddie Parker Westerfield, Author

     Once upon a time in a land far away lived a little orphan wolf. How he became an orphan is not known, the records being lost long ago in the archives of the forest.

     The tale simply begins: Abandoned and never having been around others of his own kind the little orphan wolf didn’t know what sharp teeth he had. He didn’t know what big eyes he had. He didn’t know what a bushy tail he had. He didn’t know how hairy he was. He didn’t know how scary he was. All he knew was that he was alone in a big forest filled with creatures and critters that ran away from him as soon as he approached.

     So the little orphan wolf covered himself with branches and leaves to listen to the birds sing to each other in the trees.

     He laid in tall grass to watch the squirrels play so they wouldn’t leap out of his sight.

     He hid behind bushes to sneak peaks at the deer eating their meals.

     But every day, all day, he was alone: every morning he ate by himself; every evening he played by himself; every night he settled down to sleep, alone.

     One day the little orphan wolf decided to set out from his forest home to find someone, somewhere, to be his friend.

     Along the way he came upon a little girl. She had a yellow curl and wore a red cape and hood. Why she wore a red cape and hood is not known, the records being lost long ago in the archives of the forest.

     Because she was young, and bigger than the little orphan wolf she wasn’t scared, she didn’t run away, she stopped and asked: “Where are you going Mr. Wolf?”

     “I’m off to find a friend so that I am not alone. I’m off to find a friend to share my meals with. I am off to find a friend to play with and most of all I off to find a friend to talk with. I am very lonely.”

     The little girl with the yellow curl wearing the red cape and hood, feeling sorry for the little orphan wolf, said, “Come with me to Grandma’s house. She makes delicious muffins with the berries I pick in the forest. She sits at the table while I eat the muffins and listens to me talk. Grandma loves all of God’s creatures. She can’t be your grandma, but maybe she can be your friend.”

     “I don’t know what a Grandma is,” replied the little orphan wolf, “but she sounds exactly like the friend I’m looking for.”

     And so the little orphan wolf set off with the little girl with a curl who wore a red cape and hood to Grandma’s house.

     They passed by a giant berry bush. “Stop here to pick berries for the delicious muffins Grandma makes,” said the little girl. They picked only the very ripest berries and carefully carried them in the pockets of the red cape.

     They passed by a field of flowers. “Stop here to pick flowers for Grandma to put on the table where we sit and she listens to me talk,” explained the little girl. They picked a bouquet of blue and pink flowers and carefully wrapped them in the red hood.

     They passed a bubbling brook where cool waters ran. “Let’s stop here for a drink to refresh ourselves after all our work picking berries and flowers,” suggested the little girl. They drank from the bubbling brook and carefully rested on the red cape so as not to crush the berries or smash the flowers.

     As they walked over the crest of a hill the little girl pointed and exclaimed, “Look! There’s Grandma’s house. Let’s see if she will be your friend.”

     The little orphan wolf peeked out from behind the red cape not sure what a grandma was. His eyes grew bigger and bigger as he watched Grandma greet the little girl with a big hug and the biggest, most wonderful smile, neither of which he had ever seen before.

     The little girl announced, “Grandma, I’ve brought you berries so you can make me delicious muffins. I’ve brought you flowers to put on the table where we sit and you listen to me talk. I’ve brought you a little orphan wolf who is lonely and looking for a friend”

     Never having met a grandma before and not knowing how to greet one the little orphan wolf opened his mouth, showed his sharp teeth and wagged his bushy tail.

     “My! What sharp white teeth you have”, gasped grandma. “The better to protect you with” replied the little orphan wolf.

      “My! What big brown eyes you have,” marveled Grandma. “The better to lovingly look up at you with”, replied the little orphan wolf.

     “My! What a bushy tail you have,” exclaimed Grandma. “The better to wag at you with happiness,” replied the little orphan wolf.

     “My! How fluffy your hair is,” declared Grandma. “The better to cuddle with and keep you warm,said the little orphan wolf.

     “Oh my goodness”, sighed Grandma. “I will be your friend and feed you delicious berry treats, while you sit and listen to me.”

      “And because you are one of God’s creatures I will call you FREDDIE.”

     Where upon the little orphan wolf looked up at Grandma with big eyes, wagged his bushy tail, stuck out his wet tongue and gave Grandma an appreciative lick.

     He had found his friend.

And so ends my tail

The End of the Tale
 

Year of the Fairy Tale – MAGIC!

Ta Da! Here’s the final FairyLand book.  Although I didn’t have the imagination/energy/where-with-all to contribute do take a look – it’s charming, the pictures are wonderful and what people think is “magic”, although inspired,  may be diagnostically significant!!!!

fa i r y l a n d  The Art of the Fairy Tale Zine

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Click here for Carla’s 2015 year long class

“Year of the Spark

It looks like fun.

 

Frankly Freddie, Canine Dog Entrepreneur & Fairy TAIL

My Human-being has the “vapors”** and is resting so I  am helping her by keeping the blog going in her absence.

Besides being a Canine Dog Therapist (CDT) I am also an entrepreneur*.  (Few people know that I am the brains and the driving force behind my Human Being’s financial stability.)

Since you’ve been following this blog you know that my Human has been able to keep her sense of humor by taking Carla Sonheim’s Year of the Fairy Tale class.  She seems amused – she amuses rather easily – by drawing silly things that bear little resemblance to reality – like this:

Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing
Horsey, Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing

If you want to amuse yourself Ms Sonheim is repeating two of her really easy and CHEAP online classes starting next Monday, October 20, 2014: “Faces 101” and “Imaginary Creatures.”  

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE

Canine Dog Entrepreneur

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE
Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDE

* I would like a doggie treat kickback.

P.S.  Don’t tell my human being about this “arrangement” because she would not approve.  But a Dog’s gotta do what a Dog’s gotta do to make a living.

**“The term referring to illnesses known as the vapours (or vapors) is an archaic form for certain mental or physical states,[1] such as hysteriamaniaclinical depressionbipolar disorderfaintingwithdrawal syndromemood swings, or PMS, ascribed primarily to women and thought to be caused by internal emanations. This is related to the similar term female hysteria“. Wikipedia

 

Year of the Fairy TAIL – Horace the Horse

Smile!

Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing!
Non-dominant hand drawing of a blind drawing!

I was asked if the eye-closed drawings get better the more you draw that way.  NOPE!  Better isn’t the goal. The more you draw with your eyes closed the funnier they get.  My goal is smiling!

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy TAIL – you can lead a horse to water . . .

The Magic Horse is our new fairy tale.  Gotta draw 11,000 horses with my eyes closed, one-liners and scribbly.  Every since our 7 week summer hiatus I’ve not gotten my drawing-umph back.  But here are 6 of the 11,000 horseys drawn with my eyes closed.  We are suppose to pick one that is our favorite to paint.

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Favorite Bald Horse #1 – That’s his TAIL.
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Favorite Bald horse #2 with an udder
Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy Tale – More 12 Dancing Princesses

Wanna see some incredible interpretations of the 12 Dancing Princesses?!  

Ya gotta click here: Carla Sonheim

judy journal, collage & "stuff"
judy’s journal, collage & “stuff”
Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy Tale – Dance the Night Away

The last fairy tale The Twelve Brothers was too morbid for me too much pathos – but The Twelve Dancing Princesses is my kinda story!

The Twelve Princesses are 12 very sneaky princesses.  Every night they secretly leave their castle to dance to dawn until their shoes are worn out and then they sneak back to bed.  The only evidence every morning is a pile of their worn-through shoes . . . .

Mixed media, pastel and pencil, The 12 Dancing Princesses
Mixed media, pastel chalk and pencil, The 12 Dancing Sneaky Princesses
Pencil sketch

Pencil sketch of One Dancing Princess – won’t show her face

because she’s sneaky

Want to read the story?  Click HERE

 

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

 

 

 

Year of the Fairy Tale – It’s GRIMM

Our new fairy tale is The Twelve Brothers by The Brothers Grimm.  The Brothers GRIMM live up to their name.  I DO NOT LIKE this fairy tale – BAAAAD king wanting to kill his own kind,  evil x 12.  We are supposed to read it 3 times.  (Thank goodness 3 and not 12!).

I know, I know . . .  all fairy tales have curses and evil and such but for some reason this one unsettled me even though it has the proverbial happy ending. Maybe there are tooooooo many brothers . . . Maybe it is tooooooo parallel to the murdering of “own kind”  all over the world . . .Maybe I’m getting verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry sensitive in my “old age” . . . just maybe . . .

Even the drawing part is overwhelming to me since there are 12 prince brothers to draw.

(This “posing prince” is Carla Sonheim’s son Wes!)

Fast 2 minute sketches
 6 of 24 two-minutes STANDING sketches

Our first drawing assignment is 24 quick sketches of PRINCELY POSES, courtesy of Wes. 

4 more out of 24 (two minute sketches)
4 more out of 24 two-minute SITTING sketches
Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

A look into my sketch book

The Year of the Fairy Tale has been on “vacation” for a couple of months now.  It is hard for me to keep creating without an outside “container” or “reason”.  The other day  I decided to break that pattern and just DO IT on my own. (knowing that The Year of the Fairy Tale was about to start again!)

 I have always been fascinated by figure drawing, probably because I’m fascinated by people.  This pencil sketch was done fairly quickly as I was trying to capture the essence of the figure – rather than realism.  (Also, it’s easier to sketch essence!) Here’s what evolved from my DO IT.

Three “Muses”

Inspired by The Seven Valleys – a mystical book written by Baha’u’llah.  This Baha’i book doesn’t specifically focus on longing, pain or remorse – it’s just what evolved in my psyche.

Longing, Pain, Pencil Sketch

Longing, Pain & Remorse – Pencil Sketch

 

Year of the Fairy Tale – Fleurs of the Forest

Doddling while watching mindless TV.  (When I’m fatigued I find myself sitting and watching mindless T.V.  HGTV is my favorite channel – no violence, swearing, mayhem or pestilence.)  Decided to take advantage of my mindlessness and mindlessly doodles.  Through NO intention I ended up with a forest of fleurs which goes with the French Fairy tale  “Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon”  (My favorites below are #2 & 3 – I like it simpler)

Fleurs of the Forest #4

Fleurs of the Forest #4

 Before #4 I doodled with black marker

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Fleurs of the Forest, #3

 Cut out fleurs arranged on blank paper.

Fleurs of the Forest, #2

Fleurs of the Forest, #2

Doodle #1.  UGLY! – so I cut out the fleurs (hate to waste ANYTHING)

Fleurs, #1

Doodle Fleurs, #1 – SEE! I told you it was mindless.

In case you want to refresh your memory here are links for my other illustrations for “Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon” 

Ossytrish (Ostrich)

Ducky-Swan takes a stroll

Swan Lake Yupoed

The Enchanted Forest – Yip Yippee Yupo

Year of the Fairy Tale, Carla Sonheim
Year of the Fairy Tale, Carla Sonheim

Year of the Fairy Tale – Free! Princess & the ? Zine!

Our assignment, should we accept it, was to do a sketch of what MIGHT be under the princess’ mattress . . . other than a pea.  

Here’s just a hint about my sketch and what I know is REALLY under the mattress.  To see my sketch and everyone else’s click here:

The Princess & the Pea Zine

Spot illustrations for The Princess-Zine
Spot illustrations for The Princess-Zine

Scan

You will really enjoy what others in the class drew.  Some of the illustrations are spectacular and all of them are wacky (“wacky” is an artistic term, rarely used). You can access The zine and download it here: http://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/new-princess-zine/

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy Tale – Little Red Riding Hood Story-Board

Here’s my story-board for Little Red Riding Hood, The REAL Tail (you’ll have to click the link for the story)

Little Red Riding Hood - The Real Tail story board
Little Red Riding Hood – The Real Tail story board

Story-boards are suppose to be little sketches that go along with the story.  The sketches are suppose to be on a “board”.  Mine are on a piece of paper.  That means I made a story-paper.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

 

Year of the Fairy Tale – The Untold Story of Little Red Riding Hood

Our next fairy tale is Little Red Riding Hood.  

Warning!  Do NOT read the original.  It’s filled with violence and death.  Here’s the real version:

The Untold Story of Little Red Riding Hood

by Freddie Parker Westerfield

Once upon a time in a land far away lived a little orphan wolf. How he became an orphan is not known, the records being lost long ago in the archives of the forest.  All the tales simply begin: Once upon a time, in a land far away lived a little orphan wolf.

Never having been around others of his own kind he didn’t know what big teeth he had. He didn’t know what big eyes he had. He didn’t know what a bushy tail he had. He didn’t know how hairy he was. He didn’t know how scary he was. All he knew was that he was alone in a big, big forest filled with creatures that ran away as soon as he approached.

Day by day, so the birds wouldn’t fly away, he sat far, far below the tree tops listening to them sing to each other from high above.

He watched from far, far away the forest creatures playing so they wouldn’t leap out of his sight.

He snuck peaks at all the critters sharing their meals from behind the bush so they wouldn’t know he was there.

Every morn he dined out for breakfast, alone. Every eve he dined out for super, alone. Every night he settled down to sleep, alone.

One day the little orphan wolf decided to set out from his forest home to find someone, somewhere to be his friend.

Along the way he came upon a little girl. She had a little curl and wore a red cape and hood. Why she wore a red cape and hood is not known, the records being lost long ago in the archives of the forest.

Because she was so young she didn’t know how scary the orphan wolf was and asked.

“Where are you going Mr. Wolf”?

“I’m off to find a friend so that I am not alone. I’m off to find a friend to dine with. I am looking for a friend to play with and most of all I want a friend to talk with. I am very lonely.”

The little girl, feeling sorry for the little orphan wolf said,“Do come with me to Grandma’s house. She makes delicious  muffins from berries I pick in the forest. She sits at the table and listens to me talk. Grandma loves all of God’s creatures. Although she can’t be your grandma, perhaps she can be your friend”

“I don’t know what a Grandma is,” replied the little orphan wolf, “but she sounds exactly like the friend I’m looking for.”

And so the little orphan wolf set off with the little girl with a curl, wearing a red cape and hood to Grandma’s house.

They passed by a giant berry bush. “Stop here to pick berries for the delicious muffins Grandma will make.” They picked bushels of berries and carried them in the little girls red cape and hood.

They passed by a field of flowers. “Stop here to pick flowers for Grandma to put on her table where we sit and she listens to me talk.” They picked bouquets of flowers and carried them in the little girls red cape and hood.

They passed a bubbling brook where cool waters ran. Stop here for a drink to refresh ourselves after all our work picking berries and flowers.” They drank from the bubbling brook and rested on the little girl’s red cape and hood so as not to get dirty.

As they passed over the crest of a hill the little girl cried, There’s Grandma’s house. Let’s see if she will be your friend.”

Grandma greeted the little girl, the little orphan wolf peeking out from behind not sure what a grandma was, with a big smile, the biggest smile the little orphan wolf had ever seen.

The little girl announced, “Grandma, I’ve brought you berries so you can make delicious muffins. I’ve brought you flowers to put on the table where we sit and you listen to me talk. I’ve brought you a little orphan wolf who is lonely and looking for a friend”

Now the little orphan wolf’s eyes grew big, having never seen a Grandma before. Not knowing what to do he opened his big mouth, showed his big teeth and wagged his bushy tail.

“My! What big teeth you have”, gasped grandma. The better to protect you with” replied the wolf.

 “My! What big eyes you have”, marveled Grandma. “The better to lovingly look up at you.”, replied the wolf.

My! What a bushy tail you have”, exclaimed Grandma. “The better to wag with happiness,” replied the wolf.

“My! How hairy you are”, said Grandma. “The Better to cuddle and keep you warm,said the wolf.

“My oh my”, Grandma sighed. “You may stay with me. I’ll feed you delicious muffin treats, and you can sit and listen to me while I talk”.

 “And because you are one of God’s creatures I will call you Dog.”

Where upon he looked up at Grandma with big eyes, opened his big wolf mouth, showed his big wolf teeth, wagged his bushy wolf tail, stuck out his wet wolf tongue and gave Grandma an appreciative lick.

He had found his friend.

http://Carla Sonheim.wordpress.com
http://Carla Sonheim.wordpress.com
Non-dominant hand wolfies
Non-dominant hand wolfies
Sketchies of Wolfies
Sketchies of wolfies

Sneak Peek into my mind – Year of the Fairy Tale

I never know where I’ll find inspiration. 

The last Princess & the Pea assignment was to create 20 different compositions and then pick one to paint using a credit card.  I was stuck – none of my compositions appealed to me.  Well . . .  truthfully there were a few that I liked . . . I just didn’t think I could paint them with a credit card . . .

Looking through my stash of  paper I came across this unfinished watercolor from Jan 30, 1989.

The date of the class I took was on the back (I remember I dropped out because watercolor was too difficult)  The paper tape that held the wet paper on the board was still there.

I was trying to paint a lemon.

Giant Pea and Green Princess
1989

Inspiration!  A giant pea! (aka lemon).  There was my composition for the Princess and her PEA! (click if you forgot how my credit card painting turned out)

Moral of my tale:  Never throw anything away and

some fruit should be a vegetable.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

 

 

Year of the Fairy Tale – Vegetable Love

The Princess loves her pea
For without it
you see
She’d be like you and me.

Pea Love, cheap acrylic paint & cheap paper
Pea Love, cheap acrylic paint & cheap paper

Assignment was to do an illustration for The Princess & The Pea using a credit card as our “paint brush”.  The horizontal lines represent the mattresses and the big round green thing is a vegetable.

I started the illustration by smearing paint with a credit card over the entire paper:

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Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

 

 

 

Year of the Fairy Tale – How to Solve Problems, 4 steps

The mark of a REAL Princess isn’t about enduring painful experiences but solving them.

1.  Uncover the source

2. Identify the irritant

3. Simmer solutions

4. Digest what you’ve learned

How a REAL princess approaches a problem

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Take-a-look-sketchbook – Year of the Fairy Tale

Here’s a look inside my sketchbook. We’re suppose to sketch, sketch, sketch.

Remember the post about my very first art class My freshman in college art class?   – where the teacher gave me, just me, a special assignment because I didn’t know how to draw?

That was my first lesson in the value of quantity over quality when it comes to learning . . . ANYTHING.

Carla Sonheim wants us to draw, draw, draw.  I’m still working on my 100 flowers . . .

DISCLAIMER:  None of these concepts/images orginated with me.  

I copied them from various books, pictures and sources to practice drawing.

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Character studies
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There’s a cow in The Frog Princess
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Elephant & Ant study (for the ant not the elephant)
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Boid study
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Character studies, experimenting with watercolor

You can’t see all the erasure marks in my sketches because I cleverly photographed in poor lighting!

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale
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Hands down hands are the hardest to draw whether realistically or cartoonisticlly

Year of the Fairy Tale – Princess, the Pea & Tenacity

This month’s fairy tale is the Princess and the Pea.  If you remember, the old queen tests to see if the bedraggled girl the prince is to marry is a REAL Princess.  She puts a pea under 20 mattresses and twenty eider-down beds.  If the girl is a REAL princess she will feel the pea as she sleeps.

I feel discomfort at everything in bed at night: slightly bunched up night-gown, the buttons on the mattress tufting, a hard pillow pressing my ear.  All this time I thought it was fibromyalgia sensitivity to pressure. Turns out I must be a REAL Princess!

(Assignment is to do vignettes of possible “bed scenes”)

The test of a REAL princess is tenacity and ingenuity, not vegetable intolerance.

The test of a REAL princess is tenacity and

ingenuity, not vegetable intolerance.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale Quick Sketch Stick Figures

15  second haiku

It’s true so they say:

all art, reflection of self.

A bit concerning . . .

15 seconds, yes SECONDS) figure drawing from actual people

X-rated naked stick figures

X-rated naked stick figures

PG-rated stick figures

PG-rated, clothed stick figures

Action stars

Action stars

(Next Fairy Tale is the Princess and the Pea)
Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale – Ossytrich

In sand
In sand

This is what it looks like after you pull your head out of the sand (her head is larger than normal because it absorbs ground moisture):

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Remember the 100 flowers, of which I’ve not drawn all 100?  Well, you probably don’t, but I traced one of the “flowers” I drew for her feathers.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale – Duckie-Swan takes a stroll

Amusing myself . . . again . . .

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I drained off the pond water so Duckie-Swan and her 3 ugly ducky-swanlings could dry off and take a stroll.DSCN5668

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Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy Tale – Swan Lake Yupoed

It’s Yupo Time.

This is a backwards post.

Step #4.  Decided to make a few scratchy pencil marks so that the ugly ducklings knew they belonged to their Ma.  Here’s what I ended up with – Ta DA!

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Step #3.  Duckie-Swan and her ugly ducklings.  Fishies swam away.

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Step #2.  Decided to add more critters and stuff cuz it was fun playing with the Yupo paper

DSCN5664Step #1  Loaded (that’s an arty expression, not an artist’s condition)  a brush with several different colors and smushed them on the Yupo paper.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale – Yip Yippee Yupo

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Experimenting with Yupo paper is part of this month’s assignment. Yupo is slick, non absorbent – kinda like photo-paper – and “not cheap”.

The water-color paint does strange and interesting things on the paper and most of it isn’t in your (read MY) control.

I started with the intention of doing flowers (from the 100 flowers we are to draw – I’ve not done 100 but am pooped out on flowers for the moment).

I “flung” water-color at the paper in a devil-may-care manner pretending it didn’t matter if I ruined a sheet of expensive paper . . .

The more I looked the weirder it got.  I saw all kinds of faces & critters in the strange shapes. So I emphasized the faces I saw with pencil and here is Yupo #1, my kind of fairy-garden . . . and I am, I swear, completely sober.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale – Recipe for a Prince

1.  Take one frog

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One Frog

2.  Place carefully in a container (does not need to be microwavable)

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3.  Add water (does not have to be distilled)

DSCN55904.  Let steep for 72 hours before carefully removing from container

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5.  Dry Prince off (prior to wedding).

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Thanks Phylor for sending me my very own bottled Prince.! (beats internet dating)

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale – 68 fleurs, but who’s counting?

In my loooooooosening up efforts I’ve added 18 more fleurs to my botanical collection.  I’m trying to do them more quickly and not focus on doing them “just right” – but I notice I get tighter the more I draw. Herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre they are!

DSCN5588DSCN5586In case you’ve not noticed, we are encouraged to use flower images that are a bit non – traditional.

Several have asked what The Fairy Tale Assignment is for this month.  It’s French:  “Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon”   I’d never heard of it so it’s a nice discovery.  It’s full of flora and fauna.  And that’s what we are drawing flora and fauna.

32 fleurs to go . . . but who’s counting . . .

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale – Holy Cow!

Who said a leopard can’t change its spots!!!!??????

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Whoops . . . wrong mammal . . .

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Talk about changing spots: I’m trying to loooooooosen my grip on the pencil a bit.  Find I’m concentrating too much and taking too much time trying to “get it right” and that’s NOT FUN, it’s work.  Moo cow was my first sacrifice to looooooosening up.  He doesn’t seem to care if he has spots or not.

The Year of the Fairy Tale X 100

Forty-one (41) “flowers”, only FIFTY-NINE (59) to go . . . 

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(can’t find the sheet with my first 13 – I swear! I swear! I SWEAR!  I DID DO 13 MORE “flowers”)

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy Tale – Freaky Froggie

Have looked at thousands (well, maybe not thousands, but a lot) of pictures of frogs.  This one absolutely is without parallel . . .

Toad grows spikey mustache to stab rivals for the ladies . . .

Spikey Moustached
Spikey

I was so excited to learn that the toady’s skin expands and gets wrinkly to absorb more moisture. I feel much better knowing that my wrinkles are keeping me moisturized.

There’s more pictures of him, click HERE

Here’s another froggie – She had her mustache lasered off.  She can afford it because she’s a princess.

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Chalk pastels with collage arrow
Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale, character study – mine and theirs

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Froggie turns into Princess and The Prince

The Froggie/Princess says to the Prince:

“Perfect you’re not

You’re lacking a lot

Can’t even fly

On your own in the sky.”

“You’re not very fair

For a prince with no hair

And it may be moot

But you’re short to boot”

These will probably be the characters in my fairy-pome because I’m LOOSING PATIENCE . . . not that I had much to loose . . . trying to find JUST The RIGHT characters.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale – Loosening up

To PLAY a bit and loosen up a LOT I took a cheap sheet of paper and threw watercolor on it randomly, ala a “Carla-Blob”. (Carla will put a “blob” of color(s) on the page and then discover an image inside the “blob”). I was deliberately looking for a frog image. 

Here’s a bit of my process: (wasn’t on planning on sharing this so I didn’t take a picture of the original blobs of watercolor without the froggie – )

Ah ha!  There's my frog
Blob of watercolors, aha! there’s a frog! Outlined with pencil (I made up the feet) There are other critters there but I ignored them because I WANTED a frog.
Deepen color with pastel chalk to highlight froggie
Deepened color with pastel chalk to highlight froggie and used white chalk on some of the other areas to make them lighter. Added yellow chalk so Froggie isn’t floating in space.
Tear scraps of paper, move them around on page.  Wanted the orange to bring out the orange in Froggie
Tore scraps of paper, moved them around on page. (Liked orange to bring out the orange in Froggie).  Drew white lines just to anchor the orange reeds – thought black lines would make it too busy and confusing and just wanted it simple.
wanted more "reeds/trees" to be in distance so I tore smaller pieces
wanted more “reeds/trees” to be in distance so I tore smaller pieces

No more time to play and Froggie “felt” finished  . . . I’d better get back to my office paperwork now so I can feel finished too!

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale – Princely attire, the long & short of it

Excerpt from my Fairy-Pome (as yet unnamed)

“I’ll learn to fly”

he said with a sigh,

“Where I can spy

A wife from on high”

 

“It looks like fun

Just not too close to the sun

I must find a wife

To be in my life”

 

“I’m of delicate sorts

Need to change into shorts

So my legs can kick

And not stick

And my toes are free

to fly higher, you see”

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Experimenting with the prince.  He’s a bit too cartoonish . . .  

. . . but then again so is my fairy-pome.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of the Fairy Tale, Moo Cows

An example of how circuitously my mind works. Year of the Fairy Tale’s first assignments focus on a well-known fairy tale – The Frog Princess.  

Reading that fairy tale inspired me to write a Fairy-Poem which inspired me to draw cows  (My Fairy-Poem  has a cow) which inspired me to write a “pome”.

Here’ my non-dominant hand moo-cow drawings which were inspired by my fairy-poem which was inspired by The Frog Princess which was inspired by The Year of the Fairy Tale which inspired the new “pome”. (as you can see – not only is my thinking circuitous it’s also redundant)

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Moo Cow Pome

Hey diddle diddle
the cow in the middle
is strange as she can be
She has no udder
tho she’s a mudder
and as oblivious as can be

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy Tale – A peek at my fairy-poem & Prince Tryouts

First Casting CALL to find just the right actor for my fairy-poem Prince!

Here’s a small peek at how of the beginning of the draft of my fairy-poem. It’s my inspiration for what my Prince needs to look like.

There once was a Prince

With a perpetual wince

In his kingdom alone

No wife for his own.

He looked far and wide

For just the right bride

He sailed the seas

And if you please

Roamed over the land

Wanting a maiden

to take his hand

*   *   *

and the casting calls . . . 

Aspiring wanna-be-Princes trying out for the role:

First Call Too Tall
First Call
Too Tall
Character Actors
Character .  . .  Actors
Call Back
Call Back – Strong square jaw or softer round face?
Perhaps a Prince?
Soft square jaw?  and Wardrobe

Not sure who gets the job.

Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy Tale & 3 Completely USELESS Haiku

Killing two creative outbursts with one post.  

 My froggie-character-study-in-progress (She’s going to be the heroine of my Fairy-Poem) AND  3 USELESS haiku:

Creativity
can’t use it for anything
except nourishment

Non-dominant hand drawings
Non-dominant hand drawings

Non-dominant hand

competing for attention

with dominant brain

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Dominant Hand Drawing

It’s useless to think

talent and “art” are the same

just proceed on faith

Non-dominant hand and dominant hand drawing
Non-dominant and dominant hand drawing

In case you missed my other character-studies:

Year of the Fairy Tale – character development (mine)

Year of the Fairy Tale – Let’s Face it

Haiku-Heights Prompt - USELESS
Haiku-Heights
Prompt – USELESS
Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

The Year of The Fairy Tale – character development (mine)

Finding my characters – still drawing from photos of real people.  I use royalty free images so when the people recognize themselves I can’t be sued . . .

After this assignment I’m thinking of developing an on-line dating site where Princes and Princesses can link up to “expand their kingdoms” and conceive royal froggies (next assignment).

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Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale

Year of the Fairy Tale – Let’s Face It!

Drawing from photos of real people using a pen (ouch, no erasing) and my non-dominant hand.

I will need a pedicure if the next assignment is using my non-dominant foot.

Bet you can tell which I drew first – the women or men!

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Year of the Fairy Tale
Year of the Fairy Tale