Fantasy and fairy art has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Many of the artworks in this genre display dreamlike qualities and depict unearthly faerie creatures floating about flowers on gossamer wings with diaphanous gowns flowing behind.
And to my mind, the very best examples of this art are exquisitely beautiful, transcendent, and inspirational.
Not everyone, though, shares my sentiments.
When viewing fairy pictures most people will either experience unbridled delight, or they’ll find themselves struggling to suppress monumental yawns. There is little middle ground found in the range of responses.
For the yawners, the experience is almost always influenced by the belief that this art form is only for kids, or for all those older earthy-crunchy weirdos. Unexamined and strongly held beliefs always limit personal experiences. Whether it is queries into the worth of a particular art form, the legitimacy of a new art technique, or even the value of art itself, clarity is of the utmost importance. Seeing clearly, however, remains humankind’s ongoing challenge.
Even those who do see fairy art worthy of attention typically qualify their appreciation by labeling the art as illustrations or just cute and quaint pictures. Despite these jaded and guarded responses, fairy art nevertheless embodies a depth and breadth that few suspect.
If someone decides to really find out about fairy art and plucks up the courage to sidestep personal preconceptions, time spent exploring the genre will open them to many great truths. The most surprising discovery for many will be that fairy paintings have the potential to open doorways into the depths of the human psyche.
This truth applies not only to the artist creating the paintings, but also to any viewers of the finished artworks. Beyond the concrete, tangible world that we find so easy to accept, there exists a vast, less easily defined network of subtle energies underpinning the entire physical world.
When an artist paints fairies from the heart, not just as illustrations for some magazine article or book, that artist opens a direct channel to the underlying subtle-energy network. And then when a fairy painting created with these inner connections is viewed and pondered, the viewer is drawn deeply into that energetic flow. Out of such looking comes the growing potential for great leaps in awareness and consciousness.
So where does a fairy artist go to find inspiration?
As these underlying subtle energies permeate the entire world, inspiration can be found everywhere. Certainly nature in all its myriad forms offers endless moments of inspiration, as does daydreaming, playing around with “what if?” questions, and giving the imagination free reign. It’s all about opening oneself to the subtle energies of this world that, although not easily seen with the physical eyes, can be felt and experienced by everyone.
Fairy art springs from the depths of our shared, collective unconscious. And that deep, psychic realm can transcend all manner of barriers: age, race, culture, religion, time, and location. While metaphysics might be a meaningless word to many, it nevertheless indicates where unacknowledged primal truths await discovery.
In one form or another, people have repeatedly stumbled across the energy of fairies throughout the ages. Whether shocked, delighted, terrified, or intrigued by the encounter, their responses were inevitably filtered through their cultural conditioning, immediate life challenges, underlying fears, or desperately held desires. And out of that soup of conditioned responses grew the many varieties of fairy tales, folklore, and iconic representations.
Is seeing fairies important to you? If so there is a multitude of ways you might precede.
Many people, however, will insist that if you cannot see something with your physical eyesight, then whatever it is you are looking for cannot possibly exist. Welcome to the age of Science-has-all-the-answers.
The trouble with this widely held belief is that fairies are subtle-energy beings with no physical body to see. Sure, at times they might choose to reveal themselves as physical projections, but those events aren’t common and are always highly unpredictable. To base your fairy searches on that approach alone would result in endless frustration and probably end in cynicism.
A Workable Approach
A saner path to “seeing” fairies involves opening yourself to heightened awareness and inner visions. A fairy artist in full creative swing rarely has any idea of the origin of the images he or she is painting. The only thing known for sure is that the particular image presently filling his or her heart and mind needs to be painted. Getting the fairy down on canvas is nothing less than an overwhelming compulsion that the artist has little control over. The fairy simply must be expressed, given form, and celebrated.
This inspiration, this seeing, comes straight from the hidden recesses of the artist’s psyche.
Of course this is only one way the subtle-energy beings called fairies communicate and allow themselves to be seen. This is the artists’ way, but there are many other avenues of exploration.
If you passionately want to commune with fairies, you need to go where they are. And contrary to popular belief, that has never been primarily a physical location. The key to opening fairy doorways is found deep within our core. But while everyone has this potential to see fairies and energy beings, this human-wide ability usually lies dormant and is only occasionally tapped.
To see fairies, then, go deep, open up, and allow what is not readily visible to infuse your consciousness with insights and inspiration. Surrender into the greater subtle-energy matrix.
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 galleries contain a collection of my fairy art.
I know these original paintings aren’t of real fairies; I mean how could I possibly paint pure, multidimensional energy? And although my artwork is created in a style both realistic and whimsical, and its inspiration is influenced by classic painting masters and modern fantasy artists alike, it is nevertheless a very personal interpretation. My fairies remain metaphors for mysteries which cannot be readily expressed in this physical world.
Yet as inaccurate and fanciful as my fairy images might be, I believe the art still holds much of the purity, sweetness, and love that make up the essence of true fairies. I paint to celebrate those angelic qualities and strive to bring as much of that light as I can into the world.
Painting the Invisible
So how is this different from just fantasizing and making up things?
Without a doubt imagination can be used as an unhealthy escape from reality. It can allow one to avoid what is, and it can certainly turn destructive if negative thoughts are reinforced and allowed to cause harm to yourself or others. Having a highly imaginative mind comes with great responsibility.
On the other hand, imagination can be an extraordinarily uplifting and liberating gift. If used in the service of something greater than your limited and conditioned mind, it can serve as a powerful instrument for nurturing all that is good in the world.
Everything I create is born in that other realm, the higher one. I feel almost uncomfortable and more than a little shy about stating that I painted these images. For me it is as if some other hand, a magical and mystical one, uses me to create each painting. In some ways I’m just as surprised as everyone else at what appears on the canvases.
From Traditional to Digital
While I now paint all my fairies digitally, that was not always the case. I was lucky enough to receive a formal fine art education early in life and over the years I’ve experimented with and perfected many different painting techniques. In fact for most of my life I painted only using traditional materials; oils, acrylics, egg tempera, pastel, and watercolor.
In 2004 I serendipitously stumbled into the digital art world and quickly became enamored. The following seven years were devoted to transferring my traditional painting skills across to digital painting. By the end of that period I had perfected my unique digital painting style.
So when I hand paint fairies digitally these days, I still employ many of the same techniques I used when painting traditionally. That 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 of expressions and, to put it all in a nutshell, I feel blessed that life has given me so many opportunities to paint them.