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

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Vivi, the Visionary…

vivviAlthough 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~


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 Sandgirl

She is said to sprinkle sand or dust on or into the eyes of the child at night to bring on sweet dreams and sleep... Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015 ~

She is said to sprinkle sand or dust on or into the eyes of the lonely child at night to bring on only sweet dreams and a gentle sleep…
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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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.