"bookish, brave, & brightest."

faerie tale feet piece inspired by the brightest witch of her age.

we love this girl.  she’s tough.  she’s smart.  she’s the brightest witch of her age.  she reads.  she saves harry and ron more times than they deserve.  she’s fierce and loyal, kind and loving.  she feels compassion and takes action.  she rescues the helpless, she fights for the rights of the house elves because she can’t help but see injustice righted.

have a look at my research & painting process, and then below i tell you all the story icons i hid in the background!

 sometimes the best model is you; & sometimes the best model is your husband.  great thing one can edit with a pencil & paintbrush!

sometimes the best model is you; & sometimes the best model is your husband.  great thing one can edit with a pencil & paintbrush!

 after getting to read all the books again & take notes about what pertains to our beloved & brave hermione, we start sketching the best shape for the icons relevant to HER story in the books.

after getting to read all the books again & take notes about what pertains to our beloved & brave hermione, we start sketching the best shape for the icons relevant to HER story in the books.

 here we start making the final background drawing and pattern out of the icons– tracing the final drawn shapes to fill the background.

here we start making the final background drawing and pattern out of the icons– tracing the final drawn shapes to fill the background.

 lots and lots of light layers of paint on both the background and crookshanks, of course.  he was obviously thrilled.

lots and lots of light layers of paint on both the background and crookshanks, of course.  he was obviously thrilled.

 as in my harry potter piece, i recycle multiple plates of gouache from previous paintings.  sometimes i’ll mix a new colour, but because i’m using layers and layers, i can usually make it up from what i’ve already got.

as in my harry potter piece, i recycle multiple plates of gouache from previous paintings.  sometimes i’ll mix a new colour, but because i’m using layers and layers, i can usually make it up from what i’ve already got.

 hermione isn’t the only bookworm we know.  here’s a peek at the wall of books that watches me when i paint.

hermione isn’t the only bookworm we know.  here’s a peek at the wall of books that watches me when i paint.

 here’s the final hermione print!  available on my halthegal etsy shoppe!

here’s the final hermione print!  available on my halthegal etsy shoppe!

here are some of the icons you’ll find in the background:

  • a tooth (she’s got dentists for parents, after all.  even if they don’t remember.)
  • polyjuice potion (with a cat on the bottle, because, well, it kind of backfired once)
  • the gryffindor shield
  • the escape dragon from gringott’s
  • feather quill pen & ink (not just wingardium leviosa, but you know how she loves to fill scrolls for homework)
  • her otter patronus
  • her time-turner necklace
  • her cauldron
  • the mirror that saved her from the basilisk
  • the sorting hat (with raven; her almost-sorted-into house)
  • knitted hats left around the common room
  • the jar of blue flame to sneak into the library and get in some extra reading

anything else you can find? 

(hint:  nosy reporter.)

the original painting has SOLD, but limited edition signed prints available on my etsy site:

http://etsy.me/1SNcb0K

& magical kitty pin available here:  

https://etsy.me/2MmTwb8

be brave! go read books!

*this is not an officially licensed warner bros. product, merely the artist's brush & imagination at work with imagery and impressions left by pages of story at a certain wizarding school.