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The Noblewoman of Denmark…

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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 Little Merrow…

the littlest mermaidWho lost her Magical Cap!  Merrows wear a special hat called a cohuleen druith, which enables them to dive beneath the waves. If they lose this cap, it is said that they will lose their power to return beneath the water.  Also, a Merrow music is known to be heard coming from the farthest depths of the ocean, yet the sound travels floatingly across the surface.  Merrows dance to the music, whether ashore on the strand or upon the wave.

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~2016~


Titania’s Littlest Fay…

the sleeping faerieIs all tuckered out after her most busy day

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I did wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
Farewell, thou lob of spirits; I’ll be gone:
Our queen and all our elves come here anon.

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Merman Oannes

sam 2SAMMY GEORGES, Artist, My Mentor Extraordinaire and Photographer as Oannes… Oannes was the name given by the Babylonian writer Berossus in the 3rd century BC to a mythical being who taught mankind wisdom. Berossus describes Oannes as having the body of a fish but underneath the figure of a man. He is described as dwelling in the Persian Gulf, and rising out of the waters in the daytime and furnishing mankind instruction in writing, the arts and the various sciences.

Underwater photography at The Piscine Georges Hermant in the 19th arrondissement, Paris 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~


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~


Anna Liffey

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She asked that it be named for her… the river.

Georgia McDonald as Anna Liffey

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


Fanny Brawne and the Bishop

georgia and georgieFanny 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

pip2 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~


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~


Frigg

georgia 2The White Lady of Midsummer… Frigg’s home is in the great sea hall known as Fensalir, however, she also has a home in the celestial sphere where she enjoys spinning star dust.

Georgia Mcdonald as Frigg

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Rose’s Bloom

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“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 Rose…

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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare

With Ruby McDonald as The Rose

Underwater-photography by Anastasia Traina, 2016


The Last Breath of a Faerie…

The Last Breath of a FaerieThe Realm of Fairy is a strange shadow land, lying just beyond the fields we know. ~Author Unknown

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


Polymnia

deborah MasterDEBORAH MASTERS, The Sculptress as Polymnia (Πολύμνια) the muse of sacred poetry, sacred hymn and all things that delight…

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


The Waterbaby

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“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


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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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!


Jingle Bugs!

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HARK THE HERALD JINGLE BUGS SINGS, JUST 11 MORE DAYS TO BUY BITSY BLING!!! 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/…/1949…/bitsy-and-raffs-special-edition


The Exclamation Point of BITSY AND RAFF!

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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…
OUR OFFER ENDS DEC. 19TH…

Merryweather

 

Underwater fairy portrait by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~

Underwater fairy portrait by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~


Leanan Sidhe

 

A beautiful otherworld woman who stole young men for her pleasure, first in erotic dreams, then in the earthly world to lead the victim to her fairy palace. There the lover danced to fairy tunes, ate food more delicious than any known on earth, and drank delectable wine that never made one drunk...Should a man live through his return, food had no taste, and music no melody... Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~

A beautiful otherworld woman who stole young men for her pleasure, first in erotic dreams, then in the earthly world to lead the victim to her fairy palace. There the lover danced to fairy tunes, ate food more delicious than any known on earth, and drank delectable wine that never made one drunk…Should a man live through his return, food had no taste, and music no melody…
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~


Little Red Riding Hood and her Lilliputian Peacock…

 

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~