Welcome Fairy Tale
Seen all the great old Fairy Tale Art in
books, calendars and cards and STILL can't get enough? This gallery is
for you! Rotate your
picture phone sideways for best results and use your fingers and thumbs
to zoom in...
that never grow old..."
Frog Princess"[left], "Young Rapunzel" [center]
aka "The Maiden in The Tower" and
"JACK and the BEANSTALK" [right] aka "The Treasures of the
Giant" is the English version of one of the oldest
in history ~ possibly dating back as far as 5000 years to the Nephilim
Sumerian and Biblical times.
The Frog Princess is the Russian version, there was also a frog prince
in another completely different fable... I've always loved the
unrealistic anthropomorphic portrayals of the animals in these classic
Red Riding Hood" MMXII
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" MMXVIII and
"The Gobliny Wood" MMXIX. Imprisonment, slavery and
precious little ones and fair
young maidens were common tropes in these cautionary tales... Regarding The Three
Bears There are SO many versions of this story... it started out with a
silver haired old woman who was eaten alive, I prefer the more humorous
"Goldilocks as a force of nature" version...
Cinderella" MMX (Left) "Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother" and "Queen
Rags to Riches: Cinderella was so named because her step-mother made
her sleep on the stone in the fireplace hearth and was always covered
in cinders. The fairies appeared to her in the form of birds to work
their magic; alas there was no fairy godmother in the story. Walt
Disney re-invented many of these stories for his films with extra
scenes and characters to get them up to screen running times. "Poor
Cinderella" and "Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother"were done to
compliment Queen Cinderella and both are part of a new series of
classic fairy tale illustrations...
Fire Drake", "The Fair Lady Huntress" and Vassilissa La Belle"
"The Princess and the Dragon"
is a classic theme, but contrary to the popular myths, dragons do not
eat princesses as they tend to smell of cheap perfume and cause
indigestion..."The Dragon Egg"
and "Drako Oracle" show more modern relationship motifs ~ all
Of all Shakespeare's works A Midsummer Night's Dream
has had the most compelling hold on the imagination of
painters. William Blake made a series of watercolors in the early
1790's. By the mid 1800's a tradition developed among British and
Scottish Painters that continues today all over the world in every
known form of art media...
Elf Maiden and
her Fairies" "Baba Yaga"from Russia, and "Ye
Faerie Queene" rode a
unicorn ... all MMXIV
Dragon form the Sea" "The Knight Champion and the Dragon, and "
The Dragon's Visitor" ... all MMXX
"The Elf King's Daughter " ~ a contemporary
fairy tale mash-up based on German & Celtic Myths MMXIV
was In 1835 Hans Christian Andersen published the first edition of his
immortal "Fairy Tales" including "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina",
"The Snow Queen", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", and the "The Ugly
Duckling". What stood out he most to me when I first read these was the
conspicuous absence of Fairies in these Classic "Fairy Tales".
Classic Fairy Tales: The Golden
Age of Fairy Tale Illustration began in the wake of
publications such as the fairy tales edited by the Brothers Grimm,
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borders by Sir Walter Scott and revivals of
the plays of William Shakespeare. Wilhelm
and Jacob Grimm first began collecting the stories in 1807 and
published the first edition of 80 tales in 1812 and expanded it to 170
by the second edition in 1822.
stories collected by the Brothers Grimm featured many folktale
creatures, such as dwarfs, giants, and monsters, but nothing was as
popular as the Fairy Tales. They quickly became the best-known story
tellers of folk tales from Europe,
and their book made stories like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs",
"Cinderella", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Hansel
and Gretel", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Rapunzel", and "The
Frog Prince" famous the world over.
Pan" and "Horror of Tinkerbell" MMXIV All in Mixed Media including 3D
"The Protector of the
Forest" MMX, and "Hobgoblin
Healers" and "Frigg takes oaths from all living Creatures" MMXIII
"The Little Mermaid"
MMX, "Merbabies" and "The Ascension" were all done in MMXII
in mixed media including 3D
Defenders of the
FAITH" MMXIV and "The Alegory of the Dragon" MMXX
Artists and writers initially
took their cue from these collections of fairy tales but soon began
devising their own scenarios. A Midsummer Night's Dream and The
Sleeping Beauty are above: These fairy tales written by William
Shakespeare and compiled by the Brothers Grimm and the illustrations
they spawned helped to create a mythical, magical never-never land from
Beauty" and "Snow White" below are based on the stories in "The Fairy
tales of the Brothers Grimm" which was first published as Children's
and Household Tales (German Kinder- und Hausmärchen)
and later under the title, "The German Book of Popular Stories" as they
themselves did not write any of them but compiled them for publication,
rather like what Aesop did with his book of fables. These stories were
handed down by oral tradition for many generations and still captivate
readers of all ages in all forms of media...