...my favorite Otherworldly creatures are faeries. I've been sitting here trying to figure out why I find them so appealing, and to be honest, I'm still not sure. But I have a theory. It may not be a particularly good theory, but it's all I've got, so I'm going with it.
There's the obvious draw of magic. Being able to poof things into existence would be convenient. Enchanting, beguiling and glamouring? Also damn handy. Flying? Totally badass.
These are all really nifty, but I think I realized that what I find mostly compelling about the idea of faeries is their connection with nature.
They're almost an archetypal representation of all that's beautiful and terrifying in the natural world. They're the splendor of a windswept autumn forest and the delicate loveliness of velvety flower petals uncurling in spring. They're the harsh, crystalline beauty of a frozen landscape in winter and the dew-wet grass shimmering on a vibrant summer lawn. They're the personification of all these things that most of us look at every day, but never really see. Beautiful, majestic, wild and more than a little dangerous - the guardians of the natural world. And like nature, they're not necessarily good and they're not necessarily evil. They just are.
I have no illusions that I've said anything terribly profound, but it's really late, and I fear I may have been talking out of my butt. To apologize, and perhaps distract you, I'd like to share some of my very favorite faery art.
For a whimsical look at faeries, I love Amy Brown's work.
Next is Marc Potts. His work is amazing, earthy and would look perfect in my house - must look into that.
Julia Helen Jeffery work is fantastic - I love her use of pastels - something I very rarely enjoy.
And finally, my very favorite, Brian Froud who I got a chance to meet last weekend! You can read about the adventure here. :)