Of course Josephine Wall paints fairies. Who doesn’t? But most don’t do it as well as she does.
If you’ve ever seen a Wall painting before, it’s probably been this one. It’s the first one I saw, too; it was in a fantasy catalog. I really like the “found” idea of the fairy – she just picks up whatever she likes. The safety pin and paper clips give some scale. She’s also got glowy antennae.
The Oak Fairy is pretty typical of how people draw fairies – a child-like person with hair, wings, and clothes that mimic a plant (whatever the fairy is a fairy of).
Fantasy in Blue
The largely monochromatic palette in this painting is unusual for Ms. Wall. It works really well, though, and she uses muted browns and golds that break up the blue without contrasting too much with it.
These are only three of the many fairies Josephine Wall has at her website. Go check them all out!