December 19, 2011

Myths, Fairytales, and Fables: Where Imagination Thrives

This weeks collection from the illustrators turned out epic indeed. What better way to end the New Year than with celebrating the power of the imagination and the timeless art of story telling. Perhaps these illustrations can serve as a reminder that at some point in our lives, we all believed in magic. 

Happy Holidays everyone!

Niklas Asker
"Every time a child says I don't believe in fairies there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead."
- J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Ted Wright
"And when I was fifteen years old,
Then was I crowned king:
 All Brittaine, that was at an uproar,
 I did to quiet bring."
 - Thomas Percy, King Arthur
Michal Dziekan
"She will come for me in the summer
In how many years, I don't know
Will come, stop by the house
Will tell - it's time for you "
 - Krzysztof Grzeskowiak, Poludnica, song about a Polish Fairy Tale
Douglas Smith
"In the Dark Ages, Magic was a weapon. Love was a mystery. Adventure was everywhere... And Dragons were real."
- Dragonslayer [1981]
Kinuko Y. Craft
"Her godmother simply touched her with her wand, and, at the same moment, her clothes were turned into cloth of gold and silver, all decked with jewels."
- Charles Perrault, Cinderalla
Edward Kinsella III
"Becoming a real boy was just the beginning…"
- Scott William Carter, Wooden Bones
Jon Foster
"If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future."
- Danielle Steel, Author
Mark T. Smith
"His skin more hard than brass was found,
That sword nor spear could pierce nor wound."
 - St. George and the Dragon, Olde English Poem
Mark Summers
Aladdin: Who are you? 
Genie of the Lamp: Who am I? Who am I? I am the Lamp Genie... THE Lamp Genie. Wishes, dreams, power, premature and violent death... ohhh, scratch the last one.
 - Arabian Nights [2000]
Gregory Manchess
"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale of all."
- Hans Christian Andersen
Maria Corte Maidagan
"The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. 'Off with his head!' she said, without even looking round."
- Lewis Carol, Alice in Wonderland
Chris Gall
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
- Albert Einstein
Tran Nguyen
"Oh, grandmother, what big ears you have!"
"The better to hear you with"
 "Oh, grandmother, what big eyes you have!"
 "The better to see you with"
 "Oh, grandmother, what big hands you have!"
 "The better to grab you with"
 "But, grandmother, what a dreadful big mouth you have!"
 "The better to eat you with"
 - The Brothers Grimm, Little Red Riding Hood
Kent Barton
"Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it."
- Alexandre Dumas, Author
Gary Kelley
"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
- C.S. Lewis, Author
Guy Stauber
“Zeus himself commanded that glorious Hermes should be lord over all birds of prey and grim-eyed lions, and boars with gleaming tusks, and over dogs and all the herds and flocks that the wide earth nourishes, and over all sheep.”
- Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes
Bill Sanderson
“Make the fire
Fix the breakfast
Wash the dishes
Do the mopping
And the sweeping and the dusting
They always keep her hopping.”
- Cinderella (1950), Disney
Octavia Monaco
“In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope is the faithful wife of Odysseus, who keeps her suitors at bay in his long absence and is eventually reunited with him.”
- Wikipedia
Tyler Jacobson
“Forward Grendel came,
stepping nearer. Then
 he reached for Beowulf.”
 - Beowulf
Scott Brundage
“There she lay, looking so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her.  He bent down and gave her a kiss.  As he touched her, Sleeping Beauty opened her eyes and smiled up at him.”
- Brothers Grimm, Sleeping Beauty
Chase Stone
"Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
- G.K. Chesterton, Author
Eric Drooker
"Never regret thy fall, 
O Icarus of the fearless flight
For the greatest tragedy of them all
Is never to feel the burning light."
 - Oscar Wilde, Poet
James Bennett
"Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps."
- William Shakespeare
Tim Bower
"The pied piper slowly made his way through the houses and behind him flocked the rats. Out they scampered from doors, windows and gutters, rats of every size, all after the piper. And as he played, the stranger marched down to the river and straight into the water, up to his middle. Behind him swarmed the rats and every one was drowned and swept away by the current."
- Brothers Grimm, Pied Piper
Murray Kimber
“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.”
- Audrey Hepburn, Actress
Yan Nascimbene
“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”
- Author Unknown
C.F. Payne
“Today I'll bake, tomorrow I'll brew,
The next I'll fetch the queen's new child;
Still no one knows it just the same,
That Rumpelstiltskin is my name.”
- Brothers Grimm, Rumpelstiltskin
(Illustration is of Regis Philbin)

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