Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies



Hi Everyone!  Welcome to Wandering Camera.  I am really excited to share photos of this painted bookshelf with you this month.  I love the romantics of magic and decided to embark on a journey of painting a magic alphabet series.  I chose B for bookshelf. Specifically, a magician’s bookshelf.   I love to and tend to do a lot of research for my work.   I had a fantastic time looking into alchemy and magic.




York Cathedral | Whims And Fancies


York Cathedral, England, 2016



I looked into my vault of travel photos for stonework depicting vines and leaves.



St. Clement's Church, Isle Of Harris, Scotland | Whims And Fancies


St. Clement’s Church, Scotland, 2018


Nothing says magic to me more than stone.  These are two of the photos I used for reference.



Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies



Before I started inking the drawing, I practised on a separate piece of paper with a dip pen.  Unfortunately, the rough surface of the cold press paper that I used kept catching the pen too much, causing very uneven lines instead of the smooth and controlled lines that I wanted.



Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies



I switched to a very small brush which glided easily on the paper.  I was able to create controlled and tiny strokes for the cross hatching using waterproof Speedball Super Black india ink.

However, inks are very harsh on brushes.  I learned that the hard way after almost destroying the first one.  Brushes need to be cleaned quite often with a good brush soap.  Also, instead of my gentle watercolour brushes, I will be using a little stiffer acrylic ones for inking.



Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies



It took me awhile to draw those tiny cross hatch marks.  It was quite meditative.



Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies



Then, early December, I started painting.  I wanted the stone bookshelf to be illuminated by candlelight.  Using warm yellows and warm browns, gently and slowly, I finished painting the bookshelf.



Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies



I thought of painting all the books in one colour, but that seemed very boring.   Magic should be exciting!  So I decided to match the colours of the books with their titles.



Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies



I would love to paint this bookshelf larger one day and add more details to the book spines.



Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies



The ancient and wise raven watches over both the books and the magician.  Even though she is candlelit,  she also glows from within.



Magician's Bookshelf Painting | Whims And Fancies


Quoting my friend Dixie – a bibliotheque filled with books on practical magic, spells, and alchemy.  I would so love to take a peek at these books.  If only I was also made of ink and paper!


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