Fantasy and fairy art are my passion. I can’t remember a time when they weren’t.
Artwork created in this style often embodies delightful magical qualities, and the expected standard for fairy pictures remains thus:
A beautiful glowing fairy wearing a dress all aglitter with magic is flying about on delicate gossamer wings. As she magically floats above a flower, a mushroom circle, or a tree in a magic forest, she sprinkles fairy dust wherever she might go. She might sip nectar from a flower, take a nap beneath a mushroom, or just dance the night away under a star-filled sky. She is angel-like and light is the very stuff of her being; nature adores her. She is the essence of all that is beautiful, magical, and serene.
To my mind the best examples of this magical style are exquisitely beautiful, transcendent, and inspirational.
This, however, isn’t a universally shared sentiment.
When viewing fairy pictures most people will either experience unbridled delight or struggle to suppress yawns. There is little middle ground found here.
When judging a particular art form’s worth, a new technique’s legitimacy, or even the value of creativity itself, clarity is of the utmost importance. Seeing clearly, however, remains one of humankind’s greater challenges.
Even those who find paintings of fairies beautiful typically qualify their appreciation by labeling them as illustrations or cute pictures.
Despite these jaded responses, fairies and the beautiful pictures they inspire embody a depth and breadth that few suspect.
Magic Fairy Doorways
If someone decides to find out about fairy art and fearlessly sidesteps their personal preconceptions, time spent exploring the genre will reveal some great truths.
The most surprising discovery is that these fairy pictures are truly deep and multifaceted. They can calm the emotions, lift the spirit, and open magical doorways into the depths of the human psyche.
This truth applies to both the painting’s creator and those who behold the beautiful finished creations.
Beyond the concrete, tangible world there exists a vast, less easily defined network of subtle energies underpinning everything. When an artist paints a fairy picture from the heart, a direct channel to the underlying subtle-energy network opens. And when viewing and pondering such a picture, the observer is irresistibly drawn deeper into that energetic flow.
Out of such looking arises the potential for great leaps in awareness and consciousness.
So if you want to create magical pictures, where do you find inspiration?
It’s not so difficult.
Because these underlying subtle energies permeate the entire world, you can stumble on inspiration anywhere. Nature in all its myriad forms offers endless moments of inspiration, as does daydreaming, playing around with what-if questions, and giving your imagination free reign.
It’s about opening to this world’s hidden energies.
While those energies aren’t easily seen with the physical eyes, they are universally accessible via each individual’s unique feelings.
Fairy art springs from the depths of our shared, collective unconscious. And while metaphysics might be a nonsense word to many, it does suggest where unacknowledged primal truths await discovery.
Throughout history people have repeatedly stumbled on the energy of fairies and attempted to capture that energy in pictures. In most encounters, however, people reacted according to their conditioning. Humans habitually filter experiences through their cultural conditioning, immediate life challenges, underlying fears, or desperately held wishes.
And out of that murky soup of conditioned responses has grown the many varieties of fairy tales, folklore, and iconic representations.
Is seeing fairies important to you?
Despite centuries of intellectual reasoning and philosophizing, many people still embrace “seeing is believing” and leave it at that.
The trouble with such an approach is that fairies are subtle-energy beings with no physical bodies to see. Sure, at times they might appear as physical projections, but those events are uncommon and unpredictable. If you base your fairy research on that approach alone, it will result in endless frustration.
A Workable Approach
Embracing heightened awareness and inner visions is a much saner approach.
Of course this means opening to your innate intuition, not wallowing in self-indulgent fantasy or wishful thinking.
A fairy artist in full creative swing rarely knows the origin of the images he or she is painting. The only surety is that the image filling the heart and mind needs painting. Capturing a fairy’s essence on canvas is a compulsion over which the artist has little control. The fairy must be expressed, given form, and celebrated!
This is the artists’ way, but it’s only one of many avenues open to the fairy explorer.
To commune with fairies, you just need to go where they are. And contrary to popular belief, that has never been chiefly a physical location. The key to fairies remains deep within your core.
But while everyone has the ability to sense fairies and energy beings, it most often remains dormant.
To sense fairies, then, go deep, open up, and allow what is not readily visible to infuse your consciousness with insights and inspiration. Surrender into this greater subtle-energy flow.
And remember, whichever path to fairy sight you choose, you’ll still need to take a fearless step out of your conditioned comfort zone and into the uncharted expanses of your psyche.
This website’s Gallery contains a collection of my fairy art.
I know these paintings aren’t depictions of real fairies. I mean, how could anyone possibly paint pure, multidimensional energy? Instead I paint some of my imagination’s content. I say paintings, but call them illustrations if you like. It’s the essence of magic and fairies I’m interested in.
Here, then, is a list of what might be in store for my paint brushes next week, next month, or next year:
- Pictures of mysterious magical worlds
- Little fairy folk flying and laughing
- Fairy dust that shouldn’t exist but does
- Glowing light wrapping a forest in magic
- A single flower harboring multitudes of the wee folk
- A pixie creature passing the time on a mushroom
- A solitary tree hosting a gaggle of little beings preening their wings
- An elf and his pet taking their evening walk.
- A tree festooned with tangled vines and tiny climbing winged creatures
- Gravity defying butterfly wings of all shapes
- Floating angel-like women
- And every other kind of gentle magic that’s bursting to express itself
I’m enthralled by an imagined girl who can defy gravity, glowing lights in the far distance, fine lacework wings, and yep, even the occasional magic wand. And to me, deep forests, ancient trees, and dense pockets of flowers overflow with magical energy. I hunger to paint it all, really I do.
Okay, I know, this is all a total indulgence. Still, I can’t wondering about the true, deep source of these imaginings.
I create fantasy images in a style both realistic and whimsical, influenced by classic painting masters and modern fantasy artists alike. Nevertheless, the act of creating fairy magic remains a personal affair. I see fairies as metaphors for mysteries difficult to express in this physical world.
So as inaccurate and fanciful as my images might be, I believe they still hold much of the purity, sweetness, and love that is the essence of true fairies. I paint to celebrate those beautiful angelic qualities and strive to bring as much of that magical light into the world as I can.
Painting the Invisible
Imagination can lift you up or bring you down. It depends how you use it. Having an energetically imaginative mind comes with great responsibility.
Without a doubt imagination can act as an unhealthy escape from reality, encouraging you to avoid responsibilities. Taken to extremes, it turns nastily destructive as negative thoughts grow out of control and cause harm to yourself and others.
Used wisely, however, imagination can give you extraordinary creative wings. Allow your inventiveness and creativity to reach past your limited, conditioned mind. Let it flow from a greater, more beautiful place. The outpouring of your imagination will then nurture only goodness.
At times I feel almost uncomfortable and more than a little shy about claiming I painted these images. Some other magical hand must be at work here. What finally appears on the canvas is often the cause of genuine surprise.
From Traditional to Digital
Although this hasn’t always been the case, I now paint fairies digitally.
I was lucky enough to receive an intense, formal fine art education early in life. And over the years, I’ve experimented with many different painting techniques. In fact for most of my life I painted using oils, acrylics, egg tempera, pastel, and watercolor.
In 2004 I stumbled into the digital art world and quickly became hooked. I devoted the following seven years to transferring my traditional painting skills across to digital painting.
So when I hand-paint fairies digitally these days, I still employ many of the techniques I used when painting traditionally. This includes laying down an uncountable number of tiny brush strokes one on top of another to build up form and texture.
I love fairies in all their multidimensional forms and feel truly blessed to have so many opportunities to paint the magic that is their essence.