I’m mixing things up this month for our Monthly Challenge.
First, you’ll notice we have two inspiration paintings. I just couldn’t pick one from this painter and thought it would be fun to offer two inspirations. You can pick your favorite or create more than one entry if you are inspired by both pieces.
The second change to this month is that we are going to end the challenge on December 31st with a blog tour of everyone who blogs about their challenge entry! To participate, blog about your challenge piece and leave a link in the comments below. Your link must be posted here by December 30th to be included in the blog tour. There will be a bonus prize for those who enter in the blog tour!
Everything else will be the same, see below for the complete guidelines. Now let’s go on to the inspiration…
The Storm, John Anster Fitzgerald
The Captive Robin, John Anster Fitzgerald, c.1864
John Anster Fitzgerald – (1819? – 1906) “Victorian fairy painter John Anster Fitzgerald is one of the most delicate and imaginative of the Victorian Fairy painters. More than any of the other artists working in this genre, he was able to suggest the existence of a coherent alternative world which was ethereal and bizarre.” – from the Faerie Keeper website
“As an artist, Fitzgerald appears to have been largely self-taught. His work was first shown at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1845; he also exhibited at the British Institution, the Society of British Artists, and the Watercolour Society. In the late 1850s he created a series of Christmas fairies for The Illustrated London News.” – Wikipedia
Click on the images for a closer look at the paintings, they are filled with visual delights. Pull out your fairy inspired beads, florals, birds, etc. Choose from two color palettes, the icy hues with holly red accents or the sparkling gem tones of a fairy hideaway. Have fun and great creative!