“marie had really seen all those things.”


faerie tale feet piece inspired by e.t.a. hoffman’s “nutcracker and mouse king”

for ballet or Christmas or theatre enthusiasts, the
icons in the background tell the nutcracker story.
have a look at the painting process below, and then i'll tell you all the hidden story icons in the background!

 

 hey look! it’s my old pointe shoes!

hey look! it’s my old pointe shoes!

 sketch and sketch and sketch…

sketch and sketch and sketch…

 for whatever reason, i made these icon sketches TINY. so the background pattern got really complicated…

for whatever reason, i made these icon sketches TINY. so the background pattern got really complicated…

 after tracing all the icons to fill in the tracing paper, i re-transferred the background pattern onto the illustration board.

after tracing all the icons to fill in the tracing paper, i re-transferred the background pattern onto the illustration board.

 again- why are they so tiny?! i started with filling in the background around all the icons with a sturdy, true holiday green.  (yes, it took ForEvER.  and i cannot answer for how i kept those snowflakes so neat. ha!)  ;)

again- why are they so tiny?! i started with filling in the background around all the icons with a sturdy, true holiday green.

(yes, it took ForEvER.  and i cannot answer for how i kept those snowflakes so neat. ha!)  ;)

 one icon at a time, the background starts to fill in with even more colours!

one icon at a time, the background starts to fill in with even more colours!

 almost there….

almost there….

 and the top right corner of the final gouache piece, seen here by the very-late-at-nite drafting table lamp…!

and the top right corner of the final gouache piece, seen here by the very-late-at-nite drafting table lamp…!


perfect for your budding ballerina or favourite dance teacher, this painting features dancing feet en pointe to celebrate the adventure of a magical fantasy winter wonderland.

story icons in the background pattern include:

  • the 7 heads of the mouse king
  • the silver swans
  • the marzipan shepherdess
  • the soldiers’ swords
  • the grey cat
  • the cuckoo clock with owl atop
  • rocking horse
  • snowflakes
  • presents
  • candlestick
  • soldier
  • and anything else you can find!

(the keyhole in the top left corner is to symbolize when the kids were peeking through the great big door to see their presents under the great big tree; the bottom right corner is the crown marie receives when she is whisked back and becomes queen for keeps!)

collect limited edition signed prints HERE.

matching greeting card [great for Christmas and the holidays!] available HERE

and the original gouache painting (11x11") is available framed in soft black wood frame (about 19" square total frame size) for just $475.  contact me.