I know that in the photograph above, it looks like that little painting of the Fairy Moon could be quite big. It honestly isn’t. The actual painting measures just 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches – or 64 mm × 89 mm in metric measurements. If you have rule or measuring tape near you, then show yourself how big that really is. (Yes seriously … if you can see with your own eyes how small this little rectangle really is, it begins to be more ‘real’).
This little work of heart came about because of a song I heard playing on the radio which I recognised from when I was a wee little one. I recall my mother watching a film on TV and for ever afterwards singing bits of the theme song, and when I heard this song playing on the radio I remembered it instantly. The song was Paper Moon – which was the theme tune to the film of the same name, starring real life father and daughter: Ryan O’neal and Tatum O’neal. The bits I remembered were: ‘It’s only a paper moon’ .. and ‘only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree, But it wouldn’t be make-believe, If you believed in me.”
And that’s how this little painting came to be! Make believe, paper moon, canvas sky, and a muslin tree. To me it made me think of a tree, with a fantasy sky and something magical about it.
All of those teeny tiny fairies have their own ‘style’ and personality. Each one was painted with a thought in mind of how they’d be if I met them in real life.
Let me show you – as best I can, bearing in mind that I’m totally useless at ‘drawing’ with a computer mouse – how each fairy actually is painted with thought and style….
the photograph above has some very crudely done markings (done using a computer mouse) to try to show you the hair, the bun on the back of the fairies head, the skirt, wings, arms, legs, long-handled wand … details of the miniscule fairy. However, if you look at the photograph below, of the same image, this time without the markings, you’ll now see what the fairy in the painting actually looks like to the naked eye.
Ah … but I haven’t shown you the real magic yet ….
I mixed a little silver paint with a tiny bit of glow in the dark paint and when you turn the lights off … the fairy rings glow, and so does part of the moon!
This next photo was taken with all the lights off and just the light from the street lamp to light the room…..
… it doesn’t properly show it up in a photograph, but it’s quite magical to see it with the naked eye.
All that magic – crammed into a rectangle = 2.5″ x 3.5″.
Have a great rest of your day!