Inspired by… Jim Butcher’s “Christmas Eve”

Do you sometimes just get an image in your head, and feel the need to put it down on canvas?  That happened when I read Jim Butcher’s latest short story, “Christmas Eve” – I suddenly had an urge to paint Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness, Head of the Winter Court of the Faeries.  Maybe I was bewitched.  Who can say where inspiration comes from?  And there’s no doubt it’s a tough gig to try to capture the essence of a supernaturally beautiful immortal being.  Needless to say, it didn’t come out exactly as I’d imagined.  But it’s not bad for all that.

I have been a fan of the Dresden Files for a while, so I was delighted that Butcher chose to give his followers the Christmas present of a new story, complete with exciting/distressing teasers regarding his upcoming novel.  If you haven’t read any, there’s really no point starting with the short story.  You need to go back to Storm Front and read the whole series (if you need convincing, I wrote a review of it on my other blog).

The image is a mixed media piece mostly involving acrylic paint but also ink, pen, stamping and a bit of collage that’s pretty much covered up but adds some texture.  You can’t tell from the photo but the ring and snowflakes are metallic silver.

Here’s to supernatural inspiration and shiny art supplies  😉

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