I saw a Winter Wren in my back yard today. I’m always taken by surprise when I see one because Winter Wrens are so small I momentarily think that I’m seeing fairies. This wren is the smallest bird I’ve seen next to the Hummingbird and they like to creep around on the trunks of trees and fences usually with their wings spread for camouflage. They are adept at hiding and once I’ve spotted one it’s almost impossible to find it again.
So no, I’m not crazy. But wouldn’t it be nice to see fairies?
Here are a couple of artists that might just be able to see fairies.
Charles van Sandwyk is the author and illustrator of several books including “How to See Fairies”. I found his books, prints and cards in Attic Books in
The award-winning van Sandwyk has had extraordinary success and his paintings hang in the National Library of Canada. He eschews technology and he has a simple web-site. Van Sandwyk has a pleasurable routine of winters in
The Hermitage is the online home of the nomadic Rima Staines. Her website is a phantasmagoria of fantasy and a museum of myth”. Rima is an illustrator, painter and "maker of things". A real gypsy, she and her husband live in a “rolling home” and drive from location to location in
Rima also has one of the most original websites I have ever seen. Wander through Rima’s “rooms” and lose yourself for a while. Her medieval quasimodos can be found on Etsy as well.
Charles Van Sandwyk www.geocities.com/cvsarts/
Wren photo: Odephoto, Flickr