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Saturday, August 18, 2012

☆ Another Gum Tree Faery [an inspiration avenue prompt]

Purple Gumtree Leaf Faery
mixed media painting 8.3 x 5.8"
This weeks inspiration avenue prompt, was so great. 

Besides faeries being one of my favourite things to paint, it gave me an excuse to paint another 'Gum Tree Leaf Faery', which are currently my favourite faeries to paint!

Gum leaves give me such a buzz of inspiration. Every single one is different, some are perfectly formed, but mostly the ones I pick up are the malformed, the tatty, the ones with holes and tears.

The imperfect ones are the ones that call to me most. They remind me that there is beauty and inspiration in imperfection. 

I have an awesome leaf that I am currently desperate to use, but so far the faeries haven't been co-operating. 

But I believe that one day soon the perfect faery will come along to claim this leaf.

I would love to know how you all use everyday inspirations in your creative life. Feel free to share below.

Have a great week.


  1. Oh, this leaf makes the perfect wing! It's even "feathered". I love your pensive fairy...her striped gloves are awesome!

  2. These leaves were clearly made to be fairy wings (probably to make up for being called 'gum' which is not an attractive word!). Your fairy is totally adorable.

  3. I love her upward-looking eyes! And the newsprint background. And the colors. And the leaves. Eh--I love the whole composition. (Though Macabry isn't particularly fond of fairies, I am!)

  4. I see why you love to make fairy pictures. She's beautiful. Thank you for participating in this week's challenge.

  5. What a beautiful faery! I'm so glad I found your blog. Thank you for visiting my blog, as well. xoxo

  6. very fragile - lovely take on a fairy

  7. Thank you every one for your lovely comments!

    @magpie - they are the most amazing leaves - especially made for faeries!

    @wrightstuff - you are so right 'Gum' is not a very attractive word! (eucalyptus is not much better though!) I might have to think of a sexier word! (All suggestions welcome!)

    Kirst x


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