La Fee Verte

Time again to pick a theme for Wednesday Stamper.   I chose the magical world of “fairies/faeries”.   My 6 x 8 inch green fairy canvas was inspired by, of all things, an alcoholic beverage. Absinthe first came to my attention when I saw vintage posters depicting the mysterious green fairy.

Since Google knows everything, I investigated to learn more about it all 🙂

green-muse

I began with one of my Layer Love backgrounds, trimming it down to size.  The background is a B Line Design stamp that I brushed acrylic paint onto, along with a dot stamp.  I used liquid acrylic paints to make the fairy glow.  She is standing on a piece of the wonderful lace curtain my good friend Michelle shared with me a couple of years ago; I savor each and every piece I use.

Absinthe-glass

Absinthe has quite a history,  originally made with Wormwood, it  was believed to cause hallucinations and delusional behavior.  It was outlawed at one time in history.  It has made a come back since the ban was lifted and is now made without the controversial Wormwood.  It seems the high alcohol content is part of what accounts for its reputation.  Some call it the most maligned and misunderstood drink in history.

Absinthe1896pster

There were many well known artists who enjoyed absinthe in Europe near the turn of the 20th century.  Among them were Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemmingway and Toulouse Lautrec just to name a few.  It was associated with a bohemian lifestyle.

“Any man can lose his hat in a fairy-wind”
Irish Saying

32 responses to “La Fee Verte

  1. LOve this Patty, i love your blog. You go to so much trouble with interesting snippets and quotes, As well as the gorgeous art!!! jenxo

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  2. Wow love this.
    Wonderful work and gorgeous fairy.

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  3. This is beautiful and so is your seashell challenge below!!!! Of course!!!!

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  4. This is beautiful!!

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  5. Patty, the way you have woven the inspiration of the drink and the fairy here is fabulous. So much insight into your pieces as well as artistic beauty!

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  6. Fantastic, its magic!

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  7. this is pure magic! you acchieved an unbelievable result, the fairy seems to glow and is so ethereal!
    thanks for the lesson, too. i enjoyed it!

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  8. Definately magical! Sooo beautiful.

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  9. You have beautifully captured the essence of the green fairy.

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  10. haha, you’re sooooo funny, alcohol being your inspiration hahahaha what a great giggle. beauuUuutiful canvas, love the centerpiece. quite magical 🙂 nope, haven’t had a drink too many. although i had a real delicious caipirina at a brazilian restaurant at lunch. but only one 😉

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  11. wonderful background and great imspiration! Mx

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  12. This is so gorgeous! I love the bit of history too. The link to the Layer Love bg’s isn’t working for me and I’m dying to try it!

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  13. A stunning piece Patty, it is so beautiful, like everyone said. I had a quick peep at it while still at work and then couldn’t wait to get home to have a go myself, – a real inspiration, well done!

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  14. Love the fairy image – beautiful collage. Very interesting about absinthe( I guess you would see fairies if you drank it)! Beautiful piece.

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  15. You sure have made a beautiful card AGAIN!
    I had a ladies night last week( husband away on business) so we enjoyed the movie “moulin rouge” were they like the absinth. Funny you write about it now…

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  16. Such a lovely piece!

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  17. Love your faerie Patty! I also have this image on my fairy calendar… and I love how you’ve used your background from LL! Tres cool!! xoxoxo

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  18. This is just Beautiful,love the glow around her.

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  19. Super, super piece of art Patty 🙂 I love this Faery or Nymph, I have her in a book about Faeries isn’t she beautiful?
    Now as for this drink, I have never ever heard of it, yet it sounds very interesting. 🙂

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  20. Your fairy is gorgeous!! You made is look like the light is emanating from her – just beautiful! And I love the background treatment, too!

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  21. Just love this…beautiful creation and your info on absinthe was fascinating. I still thought it was a poison !

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  22. Fantastic ! I love your mysterious green fairy !

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  23. Faeiries are very much alive and well in Ireland …. I’d love to go there sometime and visit the faerie places that locals know about ….

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  24. Wonderful! Your faerie is fabulous!
    Hemingway is my favorite author and I can recall many of his characters drinking absinthe. And VanGogh is one of my beloved artists. Both bipolar as I am!

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  25. You are putting me to shame, Patti. I have only watched the first video in our Layer Love and need to get to the others. Your backgrounds are to die for!!! WOW is not big enough to express my sentiments on this creation!

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  26. Love your work Patty!

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  27. This is absolutely beautiful!! love the colur and the sheer fairy and the story! Thank You for the inspiration!! Well done! Love it!!!

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  28. This is so stunning in every way!! A very magical feel to this piece and such a great combination of colors and elements……….
    xo,
    Gaye

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  29. This canvas piece is FAB-U-LOUS – I love the way the fairy seems to glow.
    We drank Absinthe in Prague – I just had some because I loved the colour….haha.
    Hugs
    Linda

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