I’m so excited to announce my debut on Storybird, a visual storytelling platform where you can create and share poetry, stories, and picture books. The site has a lot of cool tools and a great community. If you like stories (and come on, who doesn’t?) you should totally check it out!
I’ve started dabbling in Twitter. On the plus side, lots of updates from Neil Gaiman. On the downside, their picture handling could use some work. Still, if you want to read my thoughts on books, tea, and art, you can find me @DanaDraws.
Sketches from the family album. My childhood photos are a sobering reminder that I’ve had messy hair ever since I had hair at all. My mom’s whole arsenal of headbands, elastics, ribbons, clips, and barrettes couldn’t keep it down.
The Summer Moon show opens at Twilight Gallery this Thursday! After I finished my painting for the show, I decided to take a shot at digitizing the fireflies into a pattern. Because there’s no such thing as too many fireflies.
See the other accessories here. (There’s also a non-glow version.)
Based on Charles Deulin’s French literary fairy tale of the same name, which was translated and collected into Andrew Lang’s Green Fairy Book.
This story deserves to be better-known, as it’s brilliant, funny, and beautifully written. (Here are the text and the original scanned book.) While it nominally follows the adventures of soldier John, it’s the antagonist, Princess Ludovine, who dominates the plot. John meets her while sheltering in a ruined castle. Ludovine has been cursed into the form of a snake, but she’s a villainess who knows her fairy tales, and her rendition of the damsel in distress is perfect. She promises to marry John if he’ll break the curse by gathering her clothes from three magically guarded rooms, and John doesn’t hesitate because “he felt the fascination of Ludovine’s eyes, which looked at him as a snake looks at a little bird.” Once she’s in her true form, Ludovine gives him money and tells him to wait at an inn; she will drive by the next morning in a coach and take him to her kingdom. The last terms of her curse force Ludovine to call at the inn three times, but thanks to her soporific gifts, the soldier sleeps through every visit.
He makes his own way to her kingdom, where further misadventures force him to see that Ludovine is playing him. He plots revenge (magical horn-growing plums are involved) but realizes he would be better off with someone who truly loves him, and eventually parts from the princess with a grace and maturity rarely seen in this type of story. In a Rousseau-inspired ending, he goes to live a simple life with a fisherwoman who helped him on his travels.