I am… I am but the stardust that tumbles I am but the twig that snaps beneath your umbels…

botanticals

Hildie Von Glowenworm’s Recipe; Peppering Your Day with Delight

berkshire-botanical-loop

1 – Greet pigeons with benevolence.  They just might do the wibblywobbly dance for you.

2 – Learn a silly word a day, like; Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – Fear of the number 666.

3 – Now, banish that word from your mind!  There really isn’t any sense for such a silly word.

4 – Step in wet and soggy puddles as often as you can. Ideally, without the aid of goulashes!

5 – Take long bike rides, preferably, up hill. This gives one a great sense of accomplishment.

6 – Learn a fine art, like; MOOING or HOOTING! This is very good to woo the woe-be-me’s away, especially, on drizzly days.

7 – Join the very Secret and Hushhush Society of Foliaphiles!

8 – Acknowledge your Shadow more…meaning, don’t just talk to him on Sunny days.

9 – Practice your technique of Mind Gliding from a cozy comfy chair, everyday, or even twice a day, if you are so inclined. It really is a wonderous way of traveling.

10 – Finally, you must practice your leaping and bounding a top your bed before wishing all the stars in the sky a very, bonne nuit!


The Noblewoman of Denmark…

ophelia-brijimh

Brij Cappo, Mother, Artist and Yoga Instructor Extraordinaire as The Noblewoman of Denmark… there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays; O, you must wear your rue with a difference”.  Rue is well known for its symbolic meaning of regret, but the herb is also used to treat pain, bruises and has abortive qualities.

Brij Cappo as The Noblewoman of Denmark for the artist underwater series.

Underwater photography at Green River by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


The Nixie of the Mill-Pond…

georgia2Has just dropped by to remind you that her dear friend, Raisie, will be on display in the art exhibit “Reflections on the River,” an exhibition of works by local artists which includes Anastasia Traina.  The David & Joyce Public Milne Library in Williamstown, Ma. has hosted the show since Sept 7th… and where Raisie will continue be on display until Sept. 3oth, 2016!

Hope to see you soonishly!

Georgia Mc Donald as The Nixie of Mill-Pond

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2016~


Tanaquill, the Faery Queen

saraWhat angel wakes me from my flowery bed?

Sara Cooke, (Artist and Mother to the McDonald Sisters) as Tanaquill from the Artist Underwater Series

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Bláthnat (“Little flower”)

the tree elfsmWas the daughter of Midir, high king of the Irish Faeries…

Tullulah Musser as Bláthnat

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Olwen

IMG_0928 (1) copyWith the streaming yellow hair… when she walks flowers bloom beneath her steps.

Ruby Mcdonald as Olwen

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Rose’s Bloom

rubs

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

~ Therese of Lisieux ~

Ruby McDonald as The Rose

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016


The Damselfly

IMG_6268 copyAnd so begins my fifth year of photographing the enchanted and most endearing little women of the McDonald family… I chose to start this year with the Damselfly as it represents the magical sense of self that comes when we enter womanhood… I also love the lore, they are of the family that the dragonfly belongs to, Odonata, which are believed to have been related to the Damselflies and the myth that the they were once Dragons.

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


The Waterbaby

Waterbaby
“The most wonderful and the strongest things in the world, you know, are just the things which no one can see.”
― Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies

Wild Handel as the Waterbaby, photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016


The Ruby-Throated Humflower!

humflower

Just a quick character study for The Curious Tales of Thimble Tarn in graphite and color pencil by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


The Sword…

gladiola179To the ancient Romans, gladioli represented strength of character, sincerity, and generosity. Their sword-like shape caused them to be associated with gladiators… I now have a newfound love for gladiolus! Graphite and color pencil drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


The Spring Planting…

spring158of Louisa Daffadowndillia!

Graphite drawing in Sketchbook by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose…

the rose5156With or without her skivvies…

From the plant morphology notebook of Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~ medium, graphite and color pencil


My Plant Morphology Homework

I am so excited to be learning about the wonders of the Plant Kingdom… this research has been and continues to be so very inspiring for my screenplay, The Extraordinary Life of Mr. Tom Bottoms! O’ the wondering of the wee world!

Graphite and color pencil drawings by Anastasia Traina ~2016


A Tiny Detail…

From The Watery Creation of Sophronia Simone of Thimble Tarn! This is her little village that she flies over with the help of her whirlygig!
Watercolor in progress by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~

tiny detail


Almost there…

awe in color progress144

But I am just too excited to wait and share “may we always sit in awe of others’ differings”. Watching this idea come to life after discovering and being inspired by the tiny family of mice that moved into our empty beehive in October is simply magical. I am so thrilled to report that the lilliputian family is still well and thriving all nestled in their bed of twigs and leaves with a very healthy stash of acorns in their bee-utiful new home!

‘may we always sit in awe of others’ differings!’
Watercolor in progress by ~ Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 https://afunnybunnypicture.wordpress.com/…/12/19/differings


Differings…

awe1432

May we always sit in awe of others’ differings!

Graphite study for New Year’s Card by ~ Anastasia Traina ~ 2015


The Fallen

the fallen

Watercolor by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~


Curious Stories of Thimble Tarn, Begins!

I have such exciting news to share with you all!  I have started the painting portion of the already written… Curious Stories of Thimble Tarn… it will be written and illustrated by me, Anastasia Traina ~2015 http://wp.me/p22olG-q8Curious Stories of Thimble Tarn_Page_1May May 2064

Dearest MayMay spinning Spring,
See how she loves all the living things.
She spins the sky such a marvelous French blue,
Yes, I have heard it said, and I believe it’s true.
With each spin that is spun, a fairy’s wish she hath done!


The Holiday Wreath Preview Part 3

Watercolor by Anastasia Traina ~2015

Watercolor by Anastasia Traina ~2015


October

The morning’s light climbed with such a particular hue that  No rose-colored glasses were necessary that day. In the afternoon the whooshing sound of the blackbirds echoed a sweet song of comfort as they leafed in unison from one golden birch, to the next…  And in the pine scented evening, with only ghosts to keep one company  a shower of ladybugs was a most unexpected elation! Pen and Ink and thought by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~

The morning’s light climbed with such a particular hue that
No rose-colored glasses were necessary that day.
In the afternoon the whooshing sound of the blackbirds echoed
a sweet song of comfort as they leafed in unison from one golden birch,
to the next…
And in the pine scented evening, with only ghosts to keep one company
a shower of ladybugs was a most unexpected elation!
Pen and Ink and thought by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~


Image

Fidelia Flowers Wishes you a Very Happy Fall!

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”  ~Humbert Wolf ~ Watercolor by Anastasia Traina~ 2014 ~

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” ~Humbert Wolf ~
Watercolor by Anastasia Traina~ 2014 ~


Rosie Ponders…

It is so much further than she thought! Watercolor and a Rosie Thought by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~

It is much further than she thought! Watercolor and a Rosie Thought by Anastasia Traina ~2014~