The first image I decided to work on in March was this one:
|March Inspiration 1: Door Beneath the Wisteria by Helen Eaton
Who do you think might live in the door beneath the wisteria? Surely it's a fairy... a sprite... an elf... a gnome...a regular lady with green thumb? I think she sings while she tends to her flowers and smiles when she greets the mornings. I think she laughs when she looks at her aqua door and is glad she chose aqua. I think she is content. I think everyone who visits her feels welcomed and at home.
My biggest challenge was that it's March...and in Nova Scotia that means no flowers! How was I to come up with a photograph inspired by this lovely, summery painting?
I decided to go with the fairy theme and use my photographic library to create a fairy house in the woods. This may seem like a simple idea, but it took hours and hours to create.
First, I used a photo of interesting tree roots that I took in May 2019 as my base:
Then I added elements from many other photographs...
...a door and hosta plant from a photo walk in July 2009 in Lunenburg:
I changed the colour from red to aqua (to connect with the inspiration painting) and then decided that the black door on the left was a little too formal for my fairy house. So I changed it with a door from 2009 photo of a fishing shed in Blue Rocks:
and I changed the colour from red to purple as a nod to the wisteria in Helen's painting.
Then I added more details which are subtle but they are there....a window and siding from another 2009 photo...this time from Port Medway:
...a purple rhododendron from a 2009 garden tour (I have no wisteria photos!):
...flower pots from Lunenburg in 2018:
...a birdhouse from Annapolis Royal in 2009:
...and to add a bit of fairy magic....everything was overlaid with a colourful tabletop from a visit to a restaurant in Chester in 2017:
The final step was to soften the whole image to make it look a little unreal....after all, it is a fairy world!
|The Fairy Door