Definitely one of my better fairies so far!
This is my Tobacco Fairy. Who knew tobacco flowers were so pretty? She isn’t quite the same as my original planning sketch but I like to think that this painting has its own character. Perhaps a little more upbeat?
I always find it super annoying when the thing you paint looks awful when you scan it. It has always been a bit of a sore subject with me. The painting above is case in point. I don’t know if its the lighting in the scanner or the lighting out of the scanner but it feels as though something is lost.
This could just be normal artistic paranoia but it will always remain one of my hang ups.
After weeks of painting pretty fairies, it feels like the right time to start my fares of Vice.
I’m a huge fan of both Brian Froud and Cicely Barker, two excellent fairies conasures and this series is going to be part homage part rebellion against the type of fairies they create/created.
I can relate to my first vice fairy. She knows what she is supposed to be; delicate, pure, kind but selfishness, addiction and greed get in the way. The tobacco plant was never going to make the cut in the flower fairy club. So,ostracised by her own actions, the tobacco fairy sits, puffs and watches others do what was expected of her.
Perhaps as I create more of these you will find a vice fairy that speaks to you and your fears and percived weaknesses too.
This is Foxglove. She is a super lazy fairy. Her favourite past time is sitting on flowers and eating a blob of blackberry very slowly whilst judging the flying style of passing fairies. Everyone now and then she dozes off and tumbles off her perch. She generally tries to pick spots to sit with soft dandelion puffs to fall into.. just in case.