Summer is a time for me to stay indoors, clean up my workspace, get my act together and plan ahead, but always with room for spontaneity. This year however, the planner pages remain empty. I am finding myself increasingly wanting to work on and experiment with new materials and ideas. That includes thinking of alternate twists on old stories.
Before I go into the story behind this painting, let me share another set of my Simple 365 photos.
Simple 365 – Set 2
Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos.
Previous Sets –
Early this year, I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy. These are truly everyday photos that mostly reflect my days and my life.
A few months back, I was sketching of a gingerbread house right at the edge of the wood.
A little tip for watercolour painting –
I almost always start my paintings by drawing in a sketchbook or on large sheets of loose paper, NEVER directly on watercolour paper. Erasing unwanted marks damages the watercolour paper, and you can never really get rid of the erased pencil imprints.
Once I am happy with my drawing, I use my light-board to trace the final drawing on the watercolour paper before I start painting.
Originally, the witch at the door was not part of the painting. I was thinking of sweets and icing for the house itself. I also enjoyed painting the wicked woods and the bramble that lay behind the house.
I was happy with the painting, but without the witch it didn’t feel complete. As I was drawing her, I thought: “What if she is not a horrid witch as the stories portray her, but a kind one?”
Once someone enters the wicked woods, they never return. She is there to protect wandering children from entering the woods by luring them into the gingerbread house. She sends the children who are truly lost home. For the ones who have run away from bad homes, she finds a happy home.
For me, she embodies hope. That’s at least my version of the story and I am sticking to it!
Prints of the Fairy Tale Gingerbread House are available in my shop. I would like to think it would make a wonderful gift for book lovers, adults and children alike.
Hope you liked my version of the story. I would also love to know which of the Simple 365 photos from this set you liked.
Wishing you a happy week ahead,
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