The Weaver and the Underlings

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She weaves the flying tones of Linden-trees
Strong and true, through spindle-woods.
Earthlings, doomed to roam the undergrounds,
Grasp, by light of hollow-stars, at the spring of
The Faerie-sound.
Up and up and up they flee, by twigs of leaves
On dancing feet, up through birch and evergreen
Where hill-top grass lay glistening,
And the shadowed moon has laid her fate,
For them to dance through Elven-gates.

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Fantasy Artist Portrait: Josephine Wall

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Josephine Wall is my favorite Fantasy Artist. I discovered her work in a little Fairy Shop in Galway, Ireland, when I bought a greeting card with my star sign, Pisces, on it, and Josephine Wall was the artist who had decorated the card.

Josephine Wall was born in 1947 in an English town called Farnham, which is in Surrey, England. She was an artist even as a child, she loved colors, fantasy and visual storytelling!

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Josephine Wall joined the Society of Art and Imagination in 1998, and she was one of the first artists to exhibit her work in London in their yearly Open Exhibition.

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“Pisces”

The world of Josephine Wall is a gentle world populated by fairies, castles, children, butterflies and mythical creatures. Josephine says herself that her art gives her the opportunity to portray the world as she would like it to be. And she wants her viewers to experience the same in her paintings.

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Josephine Wall’s art is inspired by artists such as Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and Margritte. She has elements of romanticism and surrealism in her art, and is also known for her keen interest in nature preservation, which is quite obvious to the viewer in paintings such as: “No More”.

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“No More”

Josephine Wall lives in Dorset, England, where she also has her Gallery, a place I personally dream of visiting!

Another place I dream of visiting is the beautiful luxury B&B, the Enchanted Manor, which is decorated by Josephine Wall herself, and which has a fine collection of her paintings. The B&B is located on the magical Ilse of White, a perfect holiday paradise!

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“Enchanted Manor”

What I love the most about Josephine Wall’s art is the tiny details hidden in each painting. You can just stare and stare for hours on a painting and still discover new exciting things! I have used many of her images in my Art Therapy/Art Interpretation classes for children, and they absolutely adore her art!

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Maybe if you live close to either Dorset or Isle of White, you can pop in for a visit, and please please please tell me about it afterwards! 🙂 Otherwise, you can always visit Josephine Wall on her beautiful website:

http://www.josephinewall.co.uk/

And here is the address of the Enchanted Manor website:

http://www.enchantedmanor.co.uk/

All the above images have been sourced from these two websites.

Fairyland

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Come now, take my hand
and let us be off
to Fairyland!

With Snowdrops and Bluebells
enchantments and spells
sandcastles decorated
with pink and white shell

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A gingerbread house
a white chocolate mouse
and a black ugly witch
made entirely of licorice!

So much to see, so much to tell!
A powdery snow house with a silver door bell
Let’s give it a chime and see who is there
a white bearded wizard or a maiden so fair?

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Into to the forest we run out of fear
for maybe a big ugly troll is living there!

Now, let’s become tiny and climb to the top
of a beautiful yellow buttercup
for a warm butter bath
is something I’ve never had!

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Strawberry candy and red jelly tops
falling from clouds of pink candy floss
coloring the trees with pink rainy drops

Let’s become giants so we can reach
to the top of the trees and easily eat
all the candy so wonderfully sweet!

Oh, so many enchanting things to see!
but listen now, mother is calling for tea!

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So let us be sweet, let us be kind
say nicely goodbye and leave behind
the magical place of Fairyland
but, don’t be sad for it will be
right here waiting for you and for me

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Amazing art by Josephine Wall: http://www.josephinewall.co.uk