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

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The Blossomkeeper…

wild-2Says, Everybirdies’ welcome.

Wild Handel as the Blossomkeeper

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


Ruby’s Metamorphosis

IMG_6897I have had the great privilege to be able to photograph the magical McDonald Sisters for the last five years…  and when I look over the photographs we have taken (a mere fraction of which I have posted) their metamorphosis into womanhood has been nothing short of astonishingly miraculous…  breathtaking, really.  And perhaps, when I began this project I did not truly understand the scope, or how tremendously moving it would be for me, the grandness of witnessing each of these tender buds, blossom into such beautifully unique flowers.  For in this photograph of Ruby, the youngest, it has become crystal clear to me that she is shedding her little red childhood cloak and bravely moving forward into the forest of the future and what ever may come her way… So I just want to humbly say, thank you for all the light and ticklish wonderment you have shared with me.  No, this is not the end, but nearly, and I wanted to leave you with my one wish for all of you, expressed so wondrously by  Maya Angelou, in  a letter she wrote to her daughter ~

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”

With much love and muchiness, I thank you!

oxox,

Ana

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


One Odd Salad Day

the evesdropper207 copyWhile romping around the clover field Winston Waldon Williams happened upon a curious creature, and then a most enchanting conversation began!

Graphite drawing and the beginning of a very Tiny Story 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 ~


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…

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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


Beannie Braun!

Is the last of the Brown Speckled Bird Beans, and that is all I am going to say about that, for now... Except to say, that he now reside in a very cozy corner of Thimble Tarn!  Graphite drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~

Is the last of the Brown Speckled Bird Beans, and that is all I am going to say about that, for now… Except to say, that he now reside in a very cozy corner of Thimble Tarn!
Graphite drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~


The Star Collectors

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~


A Bitsy and Raff News Flash!

Just sittin' around on my Leccinum insigne waitin' for my Bitsy and Raff Special Edition to arrive!! I hear it is ponderiffic!! https://www.etsy.com/…/194…/bitsy-and-raffs-special-edition… Graphite drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~ Bitsy and Raff's photo.

Just sittin’ around on my Leccinum insigne waitin’ for my Bitsy and Raff Special Edition to arrive!! I hear it is ponderiffic!! Graphite drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~
Bitsy and Raff’s photo.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/194930783/bitsy-and-raffs-special-edition?ref=shop_home_active_1


ABOUT BITSY AND RAFF’S SPECIAL EDITION ARE HERE!!! Written by the wondrous wordsmith, David Caudle, and illustrated by Anastasia Traina

Greetings to all… First we like to say a very heartfelt thanks to all those who have already helped us to bring, BITSY the Heaviest Butterfly and RAFF the Tenderest Reed: A New Picture Book, a timeless story of the power of friendship into vivid life through the beautiful, wondrous illustrations of Anastasia Traina! You have all made this such a magical experience for both David and I, and it is that very feeling of magic that we hope to share with others. We have not yet offer BITSY AND RAFF to any mainstream publisher, and it is very likely we will work with such an entity to produce a trade edition with the aid of our wondrous agent Allison Cohen at the helm. But before we submit to the challenges and compromises of the marketplace, we had hope to create a truly special volume, befitting an heirloom. So with that said, we are very proud that Bitsy and Raff’s Special Edition has fulfill our vision past even our own expectations. Bitsy and Raff is now all prim and proper, and ready to go to the presses, so that we may bring (very soonishly) to all those who supported our campaign their Special Limited Edition... However, before we do this we would like to extend to you our final offer of ordering your very own Special Edition of Bitsy and Raff! Due to the overwhelming response we have created a very limited supply of signed copies available for purchase!! Also available are the Bitsy and Raff Tee-shirts for only ten dollars if purchased with a Bitsy and Raff book!! Wishing you all buckets of bluebells, David, Anastasia and Scott  https://www.etsy.com/listing/194930783/bitsy-and-raffs-special-edition?ref=shop_home_active_1

Greetings to all…
First we like to say a very heartfelt thanks to all those who have already helped us to bring, BITSY the Heaviest Butterfly and RAFF the Tenderest Reed: A New Picture Book, a timeless story of the power of friendship into vivid life through the beautiful, wondrous illustrations of Anastasia Traina!
You have all made this such a magical experience for both David and I, and it is that very feeling of magic that we hope to share with others.
We have not yet offer BITSY AND RAFF to any mainstream publisher, and it is very likely we will work with such an entity to produce a trade edition with the aid of our wondrous agent Allison Cohen at the helm. But before we submit to the challenges and compromises of the marketplace, we had hope to create a truly special volume, befitting an heirloom.
So with that said, we are very proud that Bitsy and Raff’s Special Edition has fulfill our vision past even our own expectations. Bitsy and Raff is now all prim and proper, and ready to go to the presses, so that we may bring (very soonishly) to all those who supported our campaign their Special Limited Edition… However, before we do this we would like to extend to you our final offer of ordering your very own Special Edition of Bitsy and Raff!
Due to the overwhelming response we have created a very limited supply of signed copies available for purchase!! Also available are the Bitsy and Raff Tee-shirts for only ten dollars if purchased with a Bitsy and Raff book!!
Wishing you all buckets of bluebells,
David, Anastasia and Scott
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194930783/bitsy-and-raffs-special-edition?ref=shop_home_active_1

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The Illumination

Wishing each and everyone a boundless dollop of dazzle, firelight and love on this wondrous day of Independence!  Photography by Anastasia Traina with Georgia MacDonald

Wishing each and everyone a boundless dollop of dazzle, firelight and love on this wondrous day of Independence!
Photography by Anastasia Traina with Georgia MacDonald


Under the Tiger Lillies…

There will always be a treasure to find... Graphite Drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015 ~

There will always be a treasure to find…
Graphite Drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015 ~


The Watery Progress of Sophronia Simone from Thimble Tarn!

The Watery Creation of Sophronia Simone from Thimble Tarn! Graphite drawing and good words by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~

The Watery Creation of Sophronia Simone from Thimble Tarn and her Whirlygig!
Watercolor and good words by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~


The Graphite Creation of Sophronia Simone from Thimble Tarn!

Graphite drawing and good words by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~

Graphite drawing and good words by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~

Sophronia Simone lived contently on a Saffron farm for it had tons of enormous daffodilly charm…

To be continued in, “The Curious Tales of Thimble Tarn,” coming soonishly!


Feeling Ducky!

My first animated gif that I created in Photoshop! I am so very excited!! Anastasia Traina ~ 2015!

My first animated gif that I created in Photoshop! I am so very excited!!
Anastasia Traina ~ 2015!


I am…

 Graphite drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015 ~

Good Word and Graphite drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015 ~

I am but the star dust that tumbles

I am but the twig that snaps beneath your umbels

I am but the gentle breeze that rustles inside the leafless trees

And yet, I am all this if only you believe.


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!


Winston’s Imaginatorium Preview

Graphite drawing by Anastasia Traina ~2013~

Graphite drawing by Anastasia Traina ~2015~


Song of Four Fairies

Song of Four Fairies

They spring from fountains and from scared groves/And holy stream that flow… So wrote the poet Homer.

Watercolor by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015 ~


The Holiday Wreath Preview Part 3

Watercolor by Anastasia Traina ~2015

Watercolor by Anastasia Traina ~2015


The Holiday Wreath Preview Part 2

holiday wreathe part 2

Watercolor by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014


The Holiday Wreath Preview

Graphite by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014~

Graphite Drawing by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014~


A Snowy Reminder!

BITSY AND RAFF IS NOW ALL PRIM AND PROPER, AND READY TO GO TO THE PRESSES, SO THAT WE MAY BRING (VERY SOONISHLY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, NOT BEFORE CHRISTMAS OR CHANUKKA) TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED OUR CAMPAIGN THEIR SPECIAL EDITION OF BITSY AND RAFF! HOWEVER, BEFORE WE DO THIS WE LIKE TO EXTEND TO YOU OUR FINAL OFFER OF ORDERING YOUR VERY OWN SPECIAL EDITION OF BITSY AND RAFF! AND HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN, CHECK THE LINK BELOW… https://www.etsy.com/listing/194930783/bitsy-and-raffs-special-edition

BITSY AND RAFF IS NOW ALL PRIM AND PROPER, AND READY TO GO TO THE PRESSES, SO THAT WE MAY BRING (VERY SOONISHLY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, NOT BEFORE CHRISTMAS OR CHANUKKA) TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED OUR CAMPAIGN THEIR SPECIAL EDITION OF BITSY AND RAFF!
HOWEVER, BEFORE WE DO THIS WE LIKE TO EXTEND TO YOU OUR FINAL OFFER
OF ORDERING YOUR VERY OWN SPECIAL EDITION OF BITSY AND RAFF! AND HERE
IS WHERE YOU CAN, CHECK THE LINK BELOW…
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194930783/bitsy-and-raffs-special-edition