“snow falls.”

snow 1
the “snow falls” pattern on tracing paper ready to be transferred to illustration board.
snow 2
once the drawing and pattern are transferred to the board, i paint in the background colour, followed by each icon, one colour at a time.
snow 3
detail of the finished background painting with the owl, raven, and dove in the tree snow white slept while unconscious.
snow 4
tada! final painting is 11×11″ in gouache, and limited edition print seen here are 9″ square and available on my etsy site.

“snow falls.”

this installment in the faerie tale feet series is (obviously) based on the original telling of snow white & the seven dwarfs by the brothers grimm. i’ve taken all the enticing elements to retell the tale in icon form.

the original is different (well, more brutal, as the grimms were) than walt disney’s genius telling. she is driven away from the castle at the young, innocent, yet beautiful age of seven. and we imagine she ages while in the glass coffin awaiting the rescue by her prince & his men.
(p.s. the huntsman brings back either a boar’s or a deer’s heart for the queen, based on the translation you read. she salts it & eats it, thinking she has absorbed snow’s beauty & captured her essence. EW!!)

once at the dwarfs’ home, snow is first choked with ribbons from the peddler woman, then fell by a poisoned comb in her hair, and the third disguised visit brings the poisoned apple (half not poisoned that the queen eats to prove it’s not poisoned; tricky tricky!) from the envious, jealous, ruthless queen. the dwarfs take turns guarding the glass coffin in which they’ve placed the lovely snow white. and the coffin is visited by an owl, raven, and dove. (my favorite bits of the painting. up near the branch there.)

it is the prince’s men who stumble carrying the glass coffin away to the prince’s kingdom who dislodge the bit of poison apple from snow white’s throat. not a magic true*love’s kiss that awakens the maiden. but i’m sure they got around to that…. ; )

i won’t spoil the crazy ending, i do hope you’ll go read the tale for yourself, but let’s just say i didn’t paint the iron shoes here…. drama!

original painting is 11×11,” done in gouache.

available for sale, $425 framed.

limited edition (350) archival prints available on my etsy shop here:  http://etsy.me/1IPlJ0w

greeting cards available here:  http://etsy.me/1PdlEZP

“what a dahl: bluestocking matilda.”

oh, man, i love roald dahl. and “matilda” is the coolest little bookworm you ever did have the privilege of reading about. unless you know her? could you introduce me, please?
i LOVE how the colour scheme turned out for this one. so painting the background in that cool grey like a chalkboard [integral to the plot!], and then filling in the icons one by one was a real joy.
pretty pretty pretty… and always leaving the feets for last!
yes, i did a colour mock-up with my crayolas on her argyle stockings so i wouldn’t get confused.

and here’s matilda’s feet– before i painted in the chalkboard border! [yes, i wore saddle shoes; even in high school. proud nerd.]
“what a dahl: bluestocking matilda.”

blue·stock·ing [bloo-stok-ing]
a woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest.

for whatever reason, in the third grade, i won a $10 gift card to waldenbooks. mom drove me to monmouth mall & i came home with matilda, the wonderful story of henry sugar, the fantastic mr. fox, & the twits. i consider it one of the more defining moments of my inspired life.

in this faerie tale feet series painting (the original is gouache), i pay ode to another of my favorite literary heroines: matilda wormwood. (although she hardly seems related to her terrible parents, that is her last name.)

a precocious chatterbox, she taught herself to read, devoured all the children’s books at the local library, and took up the classics all before finally convincing her parents she was a truant and ought to be allowed to attend school. her magic was born of her angst, and with practice, is what rescued both herself, miss honey, & the entire school from the maliciously nefarious headmistress trunchbull.

i could explain ALL of the icons for you, but i’d hate to spoil such a scrumpdidilliumptious read if you haven’t read the master storyteller’s novel yet for yourself.  [but if you need some seek-n-find fun, here are some hints:  the green library chair, the dreaded telly, a newt, the airplane getaway for the rest of the fam, her dad’s car/business, her mom’s blonde hair and a reference to one of matilda’s better pranks, a bull {for ms. trunchbull; yikes!}, miss honey’s teapots, books {because, obviously}, the parrot {another inspired prank with some help from the neighbors}, the chalkboard to scare away The Biggest Bully Ever {trying not to give you spoilers!}, and well, of course, matilda’s metaphorical bluestockings.]

you may read to know that you are never alone.
and please to remember that reading is always preferable to the telly.

limited edition print available on my etsy site here:  http://etsy.me/1M4Ux4P

matilda’s greeting card available here:  http://etsy.me/1eLpwnL

please email me if you’re interested in purchasing the original gouache painting.  halthegal@hotmail.com