was the very first faerie tale feet painting i ever did.
which means i didn’t put as much crazy levels of research into it as i have the subsequent paintings in the series. it is a fave book of mine, and i’ve read it in numerous times. so lewis carroll’s alice’s adventures in wonderland was a piece i had always wanted to illustrate, so i started there. (that, as well as j.m. barrie’s peter pan and l. frank baum’s the wonderful wizard of oz are my big three– the one’s i collect pretty much every in-print edition of that i can find.)
regardless, alice’s background has many familiar icons.
the pocket watch with the white rabbit (“i’m late! i’m late!”)
various teapots & teacups (the mad tea party, of course)
the queen of heart’s crown
the “drink me” tag
and, plainly in the top left-hand corner, alice being quite befuddled as to what exactly is happening. she’s a watcher, a learner, a sensible gal in a nonsensical world. but she’s brave and strong. and won’t take any nonsense that stands in her way of getting back to where she needs to be.
painted in gouache, with alice’s shoes and stockings rendered in india ink.