This particular painting was a 'first', of sorts, for Lynda.  
Having completed many landscapes in the past, this
one's added elements were quite daunting at first.  
At the outset, Lynda was apprehensive because the
style of painting was so far outside her range of
experience.  But, when all was said and done,
that trepidation turned to determination.  

She spent hours pouring over paintings of the many
talented 'fantasy' artists and came to a simple
conclusion...she would continue to stick to realism
and bring her own style to this painting.  
After all, because she believes there is more to
this life than just what we can see and because the
natural world is what it is, perhaps using
her God-given talents in her own way
could open up new possibilities for those who
view the painting in the future.  
At this point there were many hours of work left to go in
this painting, but because of the subject matter,
Lynda continued to look forward to it's completion.

(Reference for this painting's angels and fairies are
photos of the members of her customer's family.)
Dragons and Fairies and Angels, oh my!!
To get a more accurate feel
for the perspective in this
painting, Lynda sketched out
the primary subjects (fairies
& wood nymphs) and then
made cutouts.  Placing these
on the painting gave
her an idea of what she
needed to adjust (the size of
the trees, rocks, etc.,) and
also what needed to be
added to give the whole
painting the correct
perspective.  At this point she
placed the two angels and
the wizard and began
painting the rest of the
foreground in (lily pads,
flowers and grasses).   
Even though I was  
experiencing some
difficulties with my
camera and the quality
of the images, some
interim shots were
posted even though
the quality is not the
best.
Over the next few months, some trees were
re-worked, 2 angels were in progress,
fairies were positioned and work had begun on them,
rocks and lily pads had also been added.
There is an incredible amount of detail in this
painting and it took quite awhile longer to complete.  
To say the least it was a challenge all the way
around!  But an enjoyable one!
At the time this photo was taken, (left)
flowers had been added to the
stream banks, and the fairy on
the dragonfly was nearly complete.  
The faces had been completed
on each of the other three fairies
and the tree on the right had
been re-worked.  
Work on the angels had started
and blue angel's face had been
blotted out to be re-configured.
A limb had also been added to make
a perch for the wizard and his owl.
In the photo below, all but the littlest fairy & the
wizard, the tree and the blue angel's face had
been completed.  
The lily pads had also been added.
FINISHING
TOUCHES!
To finish this painting,
more flowers were
added, this time to the
foreground, along with
butterflies.  
The final addition was
the wizard.  He has an
owl perched on his
shoulder and holding a
scroll and feather quill
pen.  Additional detail
photos can be found at
the bottom of the page.
This painting enhanced the
whimsical side of my nature!
By the time it was finished, I
really hated to part with it.
 
Image size ~ 12" x 20"
Price ~ $1200 and up
Price is determined by how many subjects
are included in the painting, availabilty of
reference photos, and the size
of the painting itself.

The 'angels, fairies, and wizard' depicted
in this painting are all relatives
of the customer.  
The angels and wizard were created from
photos of her parents and brother who
have all made the transition back to
their non-physical. existance.  
The fairies are her grandchildren who
posed for the photos that were used
as reference.  

The trick was to find dragon's eggs
that had just hatched and then to
get the 'little buggers' to hold still!