Friday, 5 October 2012


I got a commission to paint flower fairies - wisteria and lilies - by a good friend of mine. She wanted them done in a “grown up” manner! They were to be a present for her mother who is fairy mad. I love painting and drawing flowers, I love painting and drawing people, but fairies? It was pushing the boundaries for me, I kept putting the task to one side. I have just discovered this blog Just Add Water Silly through a link up from Tracey Fletcher King's blog to the Artists' Play Room. This week the challenge was Botanical.

Hmm, I thought, I wonder? So I finally got cracking and over the last few days worked on these two pictures. I am pleased with them I hope they fill the brief for my friend. I really enjoyed doing them, to the extent I am think of doing some more! Just shows it pays to step outside your boundaries from time to time.
wisteria fairy
Lily fairy

For these I used watercolour pencils, gouache, and a gel pen on A4 hot pressed paper

Linking with Artist's Play Room


  1. these are beautifully rendered drawings. I usually don't love faries, but I'd have to say, your work could be my conversion. I especially like the lily fairy. These are beautiful and welcome to the Artist's Play Room!

  2. My route to the Artist's Playroom was via Tracey Fletcher King too and this week's challenge is also my first time :) Your fairies are beautiful, such lovely soft colours.

  3. What beautiful faeries - I especially like the Lily Fairy - lovely work indeed :0)

  4. Lovely fairies. You are really good at drawing them. Congratulations! I´m visiting from Jenns APR-Artist Play Room.

  5. Glad you broke the ice to get your project started. I really think you did a wonderful job. I especially like the lily fairy.

  6. These are really lovely. I realised I'd missed these when I went through and back through APR!! Glad Jenn does that "round-up" post so I could see your fairies. Just wonderful.

  7. So sorry I am so late for APR this week... but glad I got here in the end and so glad you are joining us in the play room... really love this fairy and they are going to be thrilled to receive them I am sure... the wisteria in the top one is just perfect and I love the lily fairy and serene she looks... sorry again for being late... hopeless I know!!!