November 18, 2007
I'd like to introduce a most wonderful and enchanting artist, Rima of the Hermitage I've long admired her work and recently been delighted to find that she not only has an Etsy shop but a blog!
here are her links follow them and be transported to a magical place
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5195715 her etsy shop
be sure and check out her stop motion film its wonderful! And I love her new blog... wouldn't you love for her wagon to pull up to your town?
November 06, 2007
this is Henri, he is quite uncertain about his new striped socks...
painted for Children's Illustrators Club on Deviant art for the theme of Oct. (Striped socks)
ttp://childrensillustrator.deviantart.com/ this months theme is Polar Bears you can already see entries being submitted...I'm not so speedy! I'm just hoping to get this on in on time ;)
October 26, 2007
Wow! do I have an amazing Halloween artist to introduce you to! Meet the Howloween Queen! This self taught artist is the mom of one of my advanced art students, I found out she made paper mache' scupltures and asked to see her website, was I ever blown away! This Mom is a one woman Halloween theme park! take a look....
http://hometown.aol.com/howloweenqueen/gargoyle2.html Would you believe she was able to fit that guy along with Frankie and several others in her truck and brought them all to share with my students? They were entralled and the best part is she shared all her deep dark spooky tricks! like would you believe the gargolyes fingers are made from a pool noodle? (hey we live in sunny florida!) and so is his tale :) the rest is boxes, paper and glue and lots of work!
here is her home page .. she has all kinds of great photos of her home inside and out, you must see the skeleton in her garden tub! and lots of how too instructions and ideas!
October 10, 2007
I've entered my "Little Miss Magic" painting in the FAE (fantasy artists of etsy) fall fantasy contest!
I've never entered something like this before and I'm so excited! (and the votes are close!)
heres the link http://faecontest.webng.com/
so go vote for your favorite! polls close at midnight Thursday!
September 29, 2007
New ACEO card! First in a series of original watercolor images inspired by the Wizard of Oz.
This one inspired by Dorothy and a love of magical shoes and golden roads. A Wonderful addition to your ATC collection or gift for an Oz collector.
you can see it here http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7257279
in my etsy shop :)
keep your eyes open for the next in the Oz series... "Wicked" comming soon!
Also check my shop out for some great Halloween specials! Prints and magnets and notecards!
September 17, 2007
September 13, 2007
"Little Miss Magic"
My newest watercolor painting, a darling little witch out for an autumn stroll.
She will be availble in prints and notecards. She is shown here on a magnet. My first, and I'm thrilled with the color quality!
They make a great locker decoration or to hold your potions list to the fridge!
You can snag one here while they last www.darklingwoods.etsy.com
working on a couple more goodies for Halloween so I'd better be off now! .....
September 05, 2007
Ink, with a touch of gouache and watercolor image inspired by Neil Gaiman's Short story "Snow Glass Apples". I was lucky enough to "see" the Atlanta Radio company do a live performance of a radio play version at Mythic Journeys in 2006 and I couldn't get little Snow out of my head. Here she is perched on her throne. Wicked little Snow.
The original is availble in my shop www.darklingwoods.etsy.com
also something new! ACEO... what are they? Artists Cards Editions and Originals. trading card sized mini works of art. Collectable and affordable! 2.5 by 3.5 inches and my first one offered is shy "Violet" she's at the top of this post and is also avaiable in my shop.
Thanks for stopping in!
August 28, 2007
15x20 watercolor on illustration board
the original is available on my etsy shop at www.darklingwoods.etsy.com
.. I also have cute new pocket mirrors in, featuring The Frog Princess and The Sun Goddess!
in the works .... a painting of Vasilisa the all Wise after reading "The Frog Queen"
I need to research my Russian fairy tales, but is Vasilla .. the Beautiful/ the Brave a mortal version of Vasilisa? just wondering. I love those stories!
Russian art and costume fans? just look at this.... http://eng.ethnomuseum.ru/section1282/1283.htm
August 23, 2007
isn't she wonderful? this delightful little doll is the creation of the talented Helen Grossman
from her profile " I love to work and experiment with different medias like clay, paper, beads, gourds, different paints and surfaces and it is always something new here to learn. Back in Ukraine I learned a decorative folk art style of painting called Petrikivka named after village it was born. I like to incorporate this painting into my dolls, either made of gourds, cloth, etc."
you can see more of Helens work at
ArtByHelenGrossman.etsy.com and helldg.blogspot.com
... I couldn't live without the little winter flower doll :) she is now sitting on my studio desk overseeing things!
August 11, 2007
Merry Met! I'm Cat an artist inspired by myth and muse. Welcome to my corner of the woods where you can learn about my newest projects, inspirations and processes and other chaotic and whirly happenings!
Why Darkling Woods? oh how I love words! From Tolkien's poem, "Through darkling woods he walked at will" to Keats nightingale in "Darkling, I listen". Darkling is one of those words I find simply enchanting. And paired with "woods" my love for all thing fairy tale is tied in.
The image above is my newest, "The Frog Princess" I always loved the fairy tale about the little princess and her frog prince. But I have to admit I was always a bit perplexed when she kissed him and turned him into a prince. I couldn't imagine anything better than a talking frog (with a tiny crown!)
So this painting came from that idea, a very impish Princess with her pet.
prints are availble in my Etsy shop at www.darklingwoods.etsy.com