Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fairy Tale Castle No. 2

Fairy Tale Castle No. 2, Framed
 Last year I was asked to do a painting for the children's section of a darling old Carnegie library in North Denver. After much thought, many drafts, and far too much procrastination, I have finally finished!


Here is Fairy Tale Castle No. 2!


I wanted to make something... well... generic isn't the right word. I wanted to make a painting that could be a part of any number of stories, something pretty to give a bit of form to the vague imaginings swirling through the library. This here is a castle to defend from dragons, a castle with magical gardens and secret doors, a castle home to fair ladies and elaborate tournaments, or enchanted and filled with curious creatures. It's there to be a window to whatever story the patrons want to tell or hear or read. I hope it works!
 

Happy Paint Party Friday!





















27 comments:

Elisa Choi said...

I love the interview of you at PPF! Such talent! Your work of the castle painting is beautiful. Seems perfect for a scene for Disney! Have a great day!

Kristin Dudish said...

Oh My Gosh, Charlie! That is the same frame I bought for your "Steampunk Librarian" painting (I was trying to find a vintage one but then I saw this one at the craft store and thought it was perfect!)

Your castle painting is beautiful... All of your work, no matter the subject, is like stepping into a fantastic dream!

Thank you for your wonderful PPF interview :)

xo
Kristin

Mandy said...

oh, it;s brilliant...the kids will love it...absolutely love it...xxx

Netty said...

First I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your interview and your beautiful paintings.
Loving this gorgeous fairytale painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

Carolyn Dube said...

Magical! I love the idea of how it plays off stories in books and in imagination! Your castle will be loved by so many young (and young at heart) in the library.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Congratulations on being this week's featured artist on Paint Party Friday! You definitely deserve the honor...your paintings are just stunning!! :)
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

La Abela said...

Congratulations! you are a great artist of heart, it's the same the theme you choose. Saludos

kat said...

Great to come upon you here! I love your castle, so full of magical enchantment and peace. Happy PPF to you!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Magical castle ~ and love your interview for PPF ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

minnemie said...

I really enjoyed your interview at PPF! I love that the creative process has taught you patience... I need tons of the same! Your castle is wonderful...a little girl's dream come true.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

congrats on your feature at PPF. Your castle is magical.

Kathy said...

Hi Charlie, It's so nice to meet you. I popped in by way of Paint Party Friday, and, as a teacher of literature and a painter, I am completrely smitten with your work. I hope that you keep creating pictures for stories yet to be written (maybe someday YOU will write them)!

Debbie said...

Your castle painting is fantastic! Congratulations on being featured this week on PPF. I like your robot painting, too. I'm impressed that you use such a limited palette. It shows in the quality of your painting.

carlarey said...

What a perfect illustration for a library! I would have stared at that as a kid, and it would have set my imagination spinning.

Christine said...

your castle is magical!

pauline said...

Charlie, your castle looks enchanting and magical to me! Your work is beautiful - as always. Yes, i can't see why this wouldn't work perfectly. Beautiful. xoxo

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

congrats on the featured artists.... it was great to get to know more about you and this painting is just magical... the kids will adore it and it will be the centre of attention I am sure...xx

kristin maynes said...

Charlie, that. is. darling. I want to jump into your painting and live in the castle or play on the hills. I love looking at your art!

I enjoyed reading about you on PPF. I'm so nosy, I want to know it all. haha ;)

Love your work, like always!

Happy PPF!

Melisa said...

I think it's wonderful! Certainly not generic but all encompassing.

Anne said...

Beautiful composition, lovely, enchanting castle, love the idea that it could refer to many different fairy tales!

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Wow!! I love it. It is really magical. I just love looking at your work. It is so inspiring. :)

Giggles said...

Very magical for sure!! So many stories do start with a castle!! Great idea!! Wonderful job!

Hugs Giggles

miz katie said...

Looks like I could step right into that painting, and I bet the kids will think that, too!

Faye said...

Beautiful example. I love the castle and it looks spectacular in that frame.

SHERI C said...

Beautiful painting.
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook
Happy Horse Studio

Super Earthling said...

I think it's just perfect! Wonderful! :)

EVA said...

Hi Charlie,
Sorry I haven't had the chance to drop by in a timely manner...

Thank you so much for being our featured artist at PPF on May 18th. I love your work and this gorgeous castle afar will indeed spur imaginations and inspire stories.

xo
EVA