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Happy Friday once again. It has been warmer this last week here at Woodland Whimsy. We’ve been getting highs in the mid to upper 40s, it has been lovely. I even worked out in the garden a bit yesterday and will probably do so again today.

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This lovely group of fungi is growing on a stump at my mom’s farm. I love the delicate lacy look of it. The Wee Fae must love to come and dance upon this beautiful stump when the moon and stars are shining brightly in the night sky. (The piece of wood you see sitting on top is a small oak burl that is destined to become something wonderful in my shop)

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It is once again Friday. We got a little bit of snow here at Woodland Whimsy yesterday. It looks like winter is starting to make its appearance. I hope that this one is much damper than last year’s.

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Fungus growing on a fallen tree

Here is a whole dance floor of shelf fungus growing on a fallen tree. What a perfect place for the pixies to have a party.

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It’s time for another Inspiration Thursday. I love this feature of my blog. It is so interesting to me to find out what inspires my fellow artists. Today’s artist is Samantha Webb from Moby and Puddle. She is an artist that makes fantastic, whimsical creatures.  You can see more of her work here http://www.facebook.com/mobyandpuddle You can also follow the adventures of her traveling goblins here http://www.facebook.com/GoblinOnTheGo

 

What inspires me?
 
I am a full time mummy. That is a full time job but is so much fun and so liberating! I spend my evenings following my dreams of becoming an artist whilst my Webblings (aged 4yrs and 1yr) sleep. They are my true inspiration, the reason that I continue to follow the path of an artist, because I don’t want them to ever feel that I gave up or that money is the only way to gain happiness! 
Sleeping

Sleeping

 
I am inspired by the world around me, particularly nature. The changing of the seasons and the passage of time, there are so many unseen and yet constant forces at work, perhaps the forces themselves have 
personalities? I look out of my kitchen window and next to the inner city school, that my little girl just started, grows a huge maple tree. Unlike the buildings around it, looking worn with age, the tree has a majesty 
and a beauty that it has developed through many eras. Perhaps the maple has a protector to keep it safe from destruction and human development of land, perhaps it homes a family of faeries?
Faerie

Faerie

 
I think I have always believed that there is something more than what we merely see, science proves this constantly. It makes it no less magic in my opinion. I found the work of Brian and Wendy Froud helped me to realize that my point of view was shared by others and celebrated in art.
Goblin

Goblin

I have always written stories, for as long as I can remember but only painted now and then. I was never very happy with the outcome but  I began to paint as a way to ease pre-natal depression rather than take medication and found that the more I painted the more I loved it. Then I rediscovered favorite films such as Labyrinth and TV shows like Fraggle Rock with my daughter who was a baby at the time. The work of Jim Henson Studios continues to be influential to me throughout needle felting in particular! I have never been in a position where I could afford an art class so everything is self taught and learned via many mistakes!
Faerie Light

Faerie Light

I watch You Tube videos and have wonderful books by Christi Friesen and Birdy Heywood which taught me the basics in clay but I am absolutely useless at following guides so I have had to improvise! Still without those books I would not have developed to the stage that I am at now! 
Troll

Troll

 
I adore mixed media and am always trying to mix new materials together, a lot of my favorite work blends my love of clay with my love of sewing and needle felting! My Trolls manage to mix all three! It doesn’t always work but I will keep those misguided creations to myself! I am still very new to the world of art and craft. I am enjoying my journey and hope that I can keep going for as long as the inspiration strikes! 
 
Samantha Webb
Moby and Puddle
 

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