Inspired by Magic?
It’s easy to understand why a vivid imagination leads to an interest in fairies, myth and magic, and of course it works both ways; it also follows that stories of this type will stimulate the imagination too. And since art is very much the child of the imagination, it naturally becomes one of the main mediums for exploring the endlessly stimulating and wondrous otherworld of What If? The human talent for imaginative thinking is demonstrated throughout history in our folklore and fairytales, and its outcomes can be seen all around us in the field of science as well as the arts – because if there is one thing a scientist needs, it’s an imagination! The ability to ask ‘What if?’ underpins the whole process – without it, we stagnate as a species. This is why Einstein recommended fairy stories for children with such enthusiasm, and it’s why the weird and wonderful world of Dr Seuss has been so popular too. Anything that challenges the limitations of our understanding of how the world works is usually instantly popular with the open minds of children, who receive such ideas with delight, and it’s good to see that many adults still retain this attitude too. So if you’re drawn to hanging a fairy painting on your wall there’s no need to be even slightly embarrassed about it. You are just displaying your open-mindedness, your sense of fun, and your imagination’s quest for answers in the infinite world of What If!
I know this is true for the many 'grown-ups' who choose my fairy paintings, and it is good to think that perhaps the children who come across my work in homes and clinics, may be getting some much needed input for their developing imaginations too.
See my fairy prints here!