Saturday, 7 November 2009

Ice Maiden

Ice Maiden: Sounds a bit heavy metal when I wanted it to be ethereal and conjuring up a sense of magic.

I've been writing about elves all week for NaNoWriMo. I should be there now - I left my travellers recovering from an attack by stinking trolls. They are about to make a new acquaintance. My lead character, provisionally named Fila (which makes her sound like some sort of pastry) has a silver streak running through her hair - the result of a powerful magical encounter.

She's a lovely thing with a binding destiny to fulfill. When I saw that this week's Inspiration Avenue challenge was 'frosty', she begged me to give her visual as well as written form. So meet Fila - as her skin is so pale, perhaps she earns the surname pasty!

Fila Pasty - frost maiden, is a mixed media creation formed magically from scrapbook papers, acrylic painting, old book (you may have noticed a slight obsession with me and bits of old book in my artwork), ink, pastels, mica and some silver stars I found in my bits & pieces pot. The mica looks much more silvery and frosty in real life, the scanner seemed to intensify the colour somehow.

16 comments:

  1. She is beautiful... I am sure her story is too...

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  2. There is just something about elves that I love...mystery, beauty, enchantment...ohhh...looking forward to your published novel!! :)

    And what a GREAT piece of artwork!

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  3. i love mica! and love what you did here, i do also love to see in the background words so i agree with you about using books in our art as a big part in the background mostly.
    i love music notes, too.
    i kind of being trying the image transfer so far isn't completely perfect but i kind of like it that way
    i am so glad you have been doing so much writing lately and following your bliss.
    I am so happy for you!

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  4. Oh, I love what you've done here. It's wonderful to have illustration's for your book! It's sounds great.

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  5. fila is beauty personified!!! she'll fit perfectly in lothlorien :)) what a lovely entry for frosty!! ethereal, magical, mystical and feminine :)) looks like we both have some ESP goin on :)))

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  6. She is WONDERFUL! Ice Maiden DOES conjur up magic and ethereal!!

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  7. Fila looks and sounds wonderful, but I think I'd encourage her to drop the Pasty second name - Fila Tart perhaps - meant in the nicest possible way.

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  8. Such wonderful pale colors and Fila is beautiful with her streaked hair! It really conjures up frostiness! Love it!

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  9. Nice to meet you, Fila the Ice Maiden. It's quite hot down here (32C today) and could I borrow some ice from you? ;)

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  10. I love it! Ice Maiden suits her. I love to see your weekly submissions.
    Xo,
    Tammy

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  11. This is very ethereal and magical - I love the sparkle of the mica, and the tendrils of her hair - lovely!

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  12. she is perfect! beautiful & magical fila (although i agree with jill - patsy just isn't in sync with the beauty she possesses). tart doesn't seem to flow either...mmmm let me think on it....fantastic "frosty" illustration!

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  13. This piece has stolen my heart. It is so elegant and at the same time peaceful.
    Ah to meet such a lovely ice maiden in the winter would make it all worthwhile.

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  14. She's beautiful Lisa and perfectly ethereal, name and all!!♥

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  15. I just wanted to let you know, that your "Ice Maiden" inspired me to pick back up a piece I'd put on hold last year for this week's inspiration challenge. The "book page hair" is what did it.....:)

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