Saturday, February 26, 2005

Saturday's search for fantasy of ...

    folklore ... fairies, hobgoblins and sprites!

      I tried looking for visual inspiration of a Mid Summer Night's Dream online this morning and did not turn up much so I ventured off to the library.

     Ahhh ... that didn't help much!

     There were shelves full of books on Shakespeare, even a few on A Mid Summer Night's Dream but nothing visual. Have I mentioned that I am a very visual person!

    As I was selecting books to look through it became very clear to me that there are some very real reasons that I don't spend more time reading magical old fairy tails like this one.

     There's no doubt that I love the stories, the poetic words of mischief and romance but ...

     Unlike many of you I find it difficult to feel passion for tattered old books with yellowed and dog-eared pages and tiny little print. Holding these books I could tell that they had been read about a million times, loved and treasured but ...

    I want to see pristine white pages with nice size print ... I want to see beautiful images of middle class maidens and poets, an enchanted forest, a Shadow King and a Fairy Queen and a man with a head of an ass!

    The only book with any images at all, had images like this one ...

     (size shown is even larger than in the book) this does not make the story come to life for me and does give me the kind of inspiration I was searching for today! "Lord what fools these mortals be." 

    :.:.:.sigh:.:.:. guess I'll have to keep looking. Maybe I should take a look at back entries in Connie's journal ... always lots of fairies found there.

                                                *** Coy ***

    

17 comments:

barbpinion said...

Hope you find what you're looking for. *Barb* http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

ryanagi said...

Ah! http://www.midsummerfairies.com/sub1index.htm
http://www.fairyvisions.com/
http://www.strangeling.com/
Just do a web search on Fairy Art...you'll find tons.

sonensmilinmon said...

I would think you'd find something on the web that would lead you to what you want!  Happy searching.

Monica
http://journals.aol.com/sonensmilinmon/SmilinMonsAdventures/

jeanno43 said...

Happy hunting, I am sure you will find something.

lifewrites said...

Hey Coy,
  Have you checked out www.AmyBrown.com?  Her winged creature artistry is a feast for the eyes!  She is one of my very favorites.  I double dare you to get some of her art, go to the library and paste it in some of those old books!  Enjoy!  
From the other side of the continent,  (California)  Lifewrites.

lifewrites said...

OOPS! That's www.AmyBrownArt.com!  Sorry about that!  lifewrites

sylviam4000 said...

I love fairies too and wonder ed myself how to get some pics. Spent last night looking and there are quite a few sites. Just type  Fairy graphics  into search bar.
Sylvia

sanforized6 said...

I guess I can "see" where you're coming from!! rich

mzgoochi said...

I love going to the Library. I've always had a thing for the smell of books, old and new. LOL

stormie4851 said...

NEW BOOKS ARE NICE BUT I DO LOVE THE OLD ONES, IN FACT I JUST LOVE BOOKS.  I DONT NEED VISUALS, I GET GREAT ONES FROM THE WRITTEN WORDS.  THE PICS ARE NICE TO LOOK AT THOUGH AND I APPRECIATE THEM WHEN THEY ARE THERE....................STORMIE

suzypwr said...

I had exactly the book you need. I can't find it - I will check to see if the hairball has it.

xoxo

rivercitygirl1 said...

I could live in a bookstore.  I go just about everyweek.  Good luck finding your book.  :)
Tami

cneinhorn said...

I absolutely love bookstores and libraries~  my living room looks like a lirbary...cool photos Coy....from one visual person to another ;-)  ~nettie

sunnyside46 said...

the smellof old books  calls out to me
marti

realitycheckmco said...

I used to have a beautifully illustrated MND folio somewhere around here. I used the illustrations within to create My Peter Quince and Egeus when I played them in college.
M

shewolfdancing said...

Hey Coy,
  I will keep a look out... I do remember finding a book years past that did have some absolutely beautiful art work.... ill try to find it.

sieblonde said...

Years ago I was at the Atlanta Museum and saw a beautiful book.  I remember ... #1 It had gorgeous drawings.  #2 It was Russian fairy tales by Puskin and #3 Jackie Onassis was the editor.   At the time it was expensive when I had no money for anything and I had to put it down.   I wish I had bought it.

I'm sure you've tried Google Images... no?