Saturday, 21 June 2008

The Visitors


SEVEN STRANGE folk have arrived at an odd little chicken-roofed house hanging in the branches of the forest, all clutching baskets for the tiny old lady. And what's in them nobody knows ...

The Visitors is my new painting for the front cover of the lovely new fairytale magazine Les Bonnes Fees. And each basket will take you to a different section of the current issue... The magazine boasts a fabulous collection of fairytale fiction and poetry and articles on such things as hair and spinning.
This way to begin your wander.
They have also kindly done a wee interview with me too, which you can read here.

And for those who feel inclined, The Visitors can be carried off in a basket from my shop here.

13 comments:

Tess said...

Brilliant new painting, and I love the concept of clicking on the baskets. It makes me think of the whole thing about the web - clicking and following links down various rabbit holes. Going to enjoy exploring those stories over the next few days.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

I agree the whole basket thing is brilliant, very clever. I particularly like the trees; the way the one tree looks like it is sitting in the other trees lap in the front there. Makes everything seem quite full of spirit......And the people are nice too, very individual personalities....

willow said...

The new painting is wonderful. I especially like the chicken shaped roof! I thoroughly enjoyed the article, too, Rima. Kudos! :)

Shelley Noble said...

Oh my God, your painting s are so full of folktale richness. I love the cottage roof shaped like a chicken! And the trees being so human as d. moll, l.ac. pointed out.

I'm off to read the interview--Whoosh!

ROUTES said...

Hi
Loving your work!
No we don't live on the boat but I wish we did.Long time ago when i was in my 20's and lived a simple life I lived on an old barge that the tide came in and out of!
If your looking for portholes you need to look around a few ship yards Buckie if your north or maybe some small marinas with friendly boatyard folk like Ardfern on the west coast

Eric Orchard said...

Rima, you have the best imagination. and the talent to express the beautiful way the world is presented to you. This is a wonderful piece.

Jess said...

Another wonderful painting! I enjoyed reading your interview too, especially learning how your pictures emerge as you're working. I was put off watercolour for years because of all the 'rules and regulations' but I'm totally in love with it now BECAUSE of its unpredictable properties!

Jo James said...

Oooooh! You do know how to delight the eyes, dear Rima.
So happy to read an interview too. We are kindred spirits, us.

Hugs- Joee

willow said...

I posted today on Janet Frame and thought of you, Rima. :)

Morna said...

Man, you are good.

acornmoon said...

I enjoyed reading your interview, your childhood sounds very magical. I love Gennady Spirin too. I have collected several copies of his children's books over the years. How does he do it I wonder, I would love to see him work, I adore his trees and forests, everything he paints with such detail.

Carolee said...

What an enchanting painting!! Your blog is always such a delight! Great article too. :)

~ Carolee

kim said...

My new favorite blog. I am glad I found you through the Pikaland project. I love folkloric tales and have done a few illustrations and paintings based on them myself.