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 More adventures in watercolour and acrylic paintings.

Blue Forest Path
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 Nasturtium Path
Watercolour and acrylic landscape painting.

More of my obsession with pathways.

Slave Crown

Feb. 5th, 2017 03:27 pm
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Final Fantasy VI art.

This is probably the first time anyone will see any of my art on here since Dreamwidth stopped showing Deviantart images. I mean, this is partially a test.

Slave Crown
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Heartbreaker by cirruscastle on DeviantArt

I added this painting to my discussion of the game, but wanted to post it separately in a new post.

I'm enjoying using a watercolour and acrylic paint mixed media approach. I really loved painting this one and feel pretty satisfied with it. Oddly, I much prefer painting on paper still. I am not sure why that is.
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One of my new goals is to collect all of his short stories. The Last Unicorn is good, but in my opinion, he writes the best fantasy short stories there are.

This painting is based on a story called "Chandail" from the collection We Never Talk About my Brother.

I love the character, Lalkhamsin-khamsolal who calls herself Lal. She has been a slave, a swordswoman, a sorcerer, and a storyteller. You can read about her in The Innkeeper's Song as well. In this story she tells a tale about her encounters with chandail, strange sea creatures who can manipulate the memories of humans. I love the story because it is about a true alien being, how humans misunderstand them and how one human and one chandail come to understand a little more about one another.


Chandail by cirruscastle on DeviantArt
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So, all of these images I have posted so far pretty much exist outside of the actual words of the poem I am illustrating.I think it's necessary to really tell a story. I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing.

I have to start thinking of my next project. I like the way this project is going - it gives me a lot to work on. I am just about to get into the more difficult parts though. These parts involve close-ups of people's heads, which can be tricky, in my opinion, but also horses. Lots of horses. I am not very good with horses. We'll see how agonizing this becomes.

From The Fairy Child
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This is a little gift I made for one of my sisters who is moving into her new house. I am going to frame it for her and she also gets a spice rack.

From July 4, 2014


It was not my idea, but I found it amusing so I imitated it in a more hobbity style.
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I've been working on this for too long, but the holidays ate my life a little.


Moonlight Path by *marybethcragg on deviantART

This just originated from musings I've had when looking at the 'paths' light makes on water. As you can see I had a bit of fun with blooms. I've never really got the hang of them, so this was a good time for me. The stars are okay, but I think I have to do an undercoat of something so they don't turn out quite so white maybe.

Then my little sister came over and we did lots of sketching and also this still life.


Still Life with Squash by *marybethcragg on deviantART

I made her do a lot of life drawing from deviantART stock, which was quite a bit of fun.
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I loved this movie as a kid and now I also love this book. I was just re-reading it a little while back when I came to this part where Shmendrick and the unicorn are just travelling together at sunset (just loaned my book, so I don't have the exact quote for now). Anyway, that's why I wanted to paint this.


Last Unicorn by *marybethcragg on deviantART

Green Man

Nov. 28th, 2012 05:20 pm
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So, yeah, this is a Green Man with leaves growing out of his mouth. I don't know. I wanted to try it since that's much more how the original type of green men looked, but it felt a little weird. In the end I am not sure what I think of it.

I also feel like my latest painting is in a bit of a slump even though the subject matter is much more interesting to me.

Still, I am tentatively going to say I feel great about this year's paintings. So far I have been much more committed to having a project on the go and picking away at it than I used to be.


Grape Vine Green Man by *marybethcragg on deviantART

Mr. Fox

Nov. 5th, 2012 06:02 pm
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Lady Mary was curious about her intended, Mr. Fox. Little did she know what she would find making a surprise visit to his castle.

This is an illustration of the story, Mr. Fox by Joseph Jacobs. I have always had a thing for this story. It's gory and creepy, but so much better than Bluebeard, where the heroine's curiosity is rewarded with punishment. Here, she is canny enough to save herself.


Be bold, be bold, but not too bold by *marybethcragg on deviantART
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I liked the idea of this contest on DeviantART to draw this again - in other words, choose an older work of yours and reproduce it in order to see the growth you have made during that time. So I chose my Tam Lin painting.

This first one is from 2008

Tam Lin by *marybethcragg on deviantART

This is from 2012

Tam Lin Transformed by *marybethcragg on deviantART

I find the changes interesting.
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Shadow City by *marybethcragg on deviantART

I was inspired a bit by Ombria in Shadow when I painted this. The idea is that there are two cities, one above ground, one below ground. But the actual painting is more like a city where it always day and a city where it is always night.
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Two painting based on The Stolen Child, by Yeats.

My concept here is what if faeries stole human 'children' away when they were young and sometimes also when they were very old. I imagine to a fairy, any human counts as a child. Perhaps this is even the same person in both images.


The Stolen Child by *marybethcragg on deviantART


Stolen Child II by *marybethcragg on deviantART
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The Dancing Tree by *marybethcragg on deviantART

This one didn't turn out just how I wanted it. It's too bright and pastel coloured. Anyway, it worked out better than I thought it would all things considered. I do like that enormous tree though.
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Will-O'-The-Wisps by *marybethcragg on deviantART

I wanted to do something simple. I might have been influenced by Brave just a little. Those wisps were so cute! But I like the combination of pretty but dangerous. Also, it reminds me of LotR "Don't follow the lights!"
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Here's another green man. This one is feeding a cedar waxwing.

This one has been waiting to be finished for a long time now. Now I'm in that awkward stage of needing to decide what to start next. I have some things lined up: a will o' the wisp, a rusalka, a little person exploring some tree roots . . . I don't know.

Also, you'll notice another path in the distance. I have a sort of compulsion to include paths in landscapes that I've recently discovered. In my image folder I have over 20 pictures of them . . .


Hawthorn Man by *marybethcragg on deviantART
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This is a gift for my brother in law. It was supposed to be for his birthday, but that ship has sailed, unfortunately. Oh well. I chose a more simple landscape, because I didn't want to add too many alarming fantasy elements. I did slip in that black horse, which I happen to know is a kelpie, but he doesn't need to know that. Heh. Again, this took forever to do. Oh well. I have another green man sketched out, so I can hopefully get started soon and not be too neglectful.


Castle and Kelpie by ~cumuluscastle on deviantART

Oaken Man

Jan. 5th, 2012 09:48 am
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At long last, here's my green man. It's taken me far too long to finish this guy.

greenman

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