Although it has taken me quite sometime, I am thrilled to finally have and share with you a preliminary sketch of Vivi, the Visionary… the author of The Curious Tales of Thimble Tarn!
If you remember, The Curious Stories from Thimble Tarn… are a cluster of tiny poems that narrate and celebrate the hidden lives of the nearly extinct botanical fay that resides by and around a small mountain lake/puddle called, Thimble Tarn. Of course, Thimble Tarn is not the actual name of the garden-sprite’s community as the real name has been changed to protect the floral identities of the wee-townsfolk who still dwell in and around the Tarn that rises and runs down from the mystical Moss Mountains. O’ my, I am not quite sure I should have divulged that particular hush-hush…Can you keep a secret? O’ you can? How marvelous, then I shall continue… the true aim of the odes are to shed some light on the little understood Lilliputian world of the botanical fay who had settled in Thimble Tarn in the year 1651 and then established their wondrous garden-burg in the year 1788. Well, now, here is where I shall begin…
Preliminary Graphite Drawing of Vivi and fay folk by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~
Says, Everybirdies’ welcome.
Wild Handel as the Blossomkeeper
Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~
Fanny Brawne and the Bishop…
“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
― John Keats. Photography by Anastasia Traina – 2016 #johnkeats #afaerietaleofonesown
Neave, (Bright Light) is the daughter of the god of the sea, Manannan mac Lir and one of the princesses of Tir na nOg, the land of eternal youth. When she grew up she fell in love with poet-hero Oisin.
Ruby McDonald as Neave
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~
With the streaming yellow hair… when she walks flowers bloom beneath her steps.
Ruby Mcdonald as Olwen
Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~
“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
To 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~
of Louisa Daffadowndillia!
Graphite drawing in Sketchbook by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~
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~
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