lauantai 19. toukokuuta 2012

Wings of a Fairy

The illustrations above are from a fairytale called PESSI and ILLUSIA. 

It  is my favorite fairytale;

because of its humanity - 

there is some good, some evil and something in between...

there is joy, fear, humour and beauty and mystery and truth..

And I LOVE the fascinating, delicate illustrations by Aleksandr Lindeberg.


ps. Some years ago the dancing daughter performed the role of the spider in a Pessi & Illusia ballet  at the Conservatoire of Dance in Tampere.

 She said it was an intriguing thing to do, far more exciting than other roles..


There has been several versions of Pessi and Illusia done in ballet , see how the charming little dance theater Glims&Gloms did it: 

Pessi and Illusia by the dance theater Glims and Gloms


the dancing daughter as a spider, 2009, Tampere Conservatoire of dance

is the theme of this week´s drawing challenge
see Tatjana´s beautiful blog Kleiner Salon for all the participants of the week


  from the fairytale land I picked with me the fallen wings of a fairy

and those I have been drawing -

wishing at the same time that my "wings" will hang on and help me to make my dream come true

Wings of a Fairy, charcoal and brown pastels on paper, photographed in my garden


More about the book Pessi and Illusia by Yrjö Kokko ( in case you are interested )

 ..A book by Finnish officer Yrjo Kokko written during World War II, this enchanting fantasy tale is about Illusia, a little fairy like Tinker Bell, who comes down to earth from the rainbow where she lives with her family, and meets Pessi, a gnome living in the forest. The time is World War II and when they first meet, the soldiers in the area are anticipating an attack along their front line - but as the story evolves, Pessi and Illusia's only real enemy seems to be the nasty Spiderman  and White Death  - nothing a good fairy and gnome cannot ultimately overcome...

..Yrjö Kokko (1903-1977) published his much-applauded book, Pessi ja Illusia in 1954. He first wrote it as a short fairytale during the Continuation War, to be included in a Christmas bulletin as a gift for his children. As the war continued, he enlarged it into a longer work, which is the book for which Kokko is most remembered today.
Kokko is referred to as the saviour of fairies and swans. This is because his other notable achievement was his work to save the Finnish national bird, laulujoutsen, the whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) from extinction.
The fairy , Illusia, and the troll  Pessi lived among the plants and animals in the forest, while the war raged on around them. Pessi´s father, the Great Pessimist, believed that people are too blindly trusting of the future. Illusia´s father, the Grand Illusionist, on the other hand, wove a web of hopes and dreams from people´s imaginations. Without that web of hope, no one would dare to live a single day on this earth.
From the love of Pessi and Illusia was born a new human, who was neither a troll nor a fairy. Perhaps Kokko was hoping that a new humanity would emerge after the war.
In life, both cruelty and beauty are truths, muses Illusia. So why, from these two truths, do we always have to choose the ugly truths? Why not choose the beautiful ones?
That´s something that the news media would also be well-advised to ponder."

12 kommenttia:

  1. the illustrations of
    Lindberg are great
    but the picture of
    your dancing/daughter/spider
    I love!
    and the story sounds lovely
    a web of hopes and dreams

    and yes, please
    give us wings

    thank you, Leena
    Patrice A.

  2. A lovely story, and so interesting for me to learn about the author too. I love your wings and your dancing daughter as a spider.

  3. Leena this post touched me very much. This man's creative spirit in the midst of war is something special. His story is awesome. Swans would make a great theme for a drawing challenge I think. It might already have been done though. I love your wings laying there, and I actually think that they will never ever fall off until you want them to, because they are held on by faith. That can never be broken. *smiles* Norma

  4. the story sounds wonderful and wow! the photo of your dancing daughter is mysterious. i like spiders!

    thank you for the wings! they are pure magic. i want to fly with them...

  5. I agree your daughter is beautiful...I was intrigued by the spider illustration immediately and then to hear it has been a ballet...this I'm going to have to look into more.
    your wings are so delicate ...are they bing enough to wear?? ;)

  6. wonderful post, dear leena! great illustrations, beautiful dancing and fabulous wings. is a fairy coming to your garden to wear them? :-)

  7. Dear Leena,
    I have to come later again,
    with more time and space to look at your magical pictures and words.


  8. oh how i like that spiderdance of your daughter and these soft and tender fairy wings... xox julia

  9. the wings look real
    and the story about
    writer makes the image
    so clear, such a great
    job he did.

  10. great post Leena but your wings really caught my eye, you photographed them so beautiful,they look alive and full of magic, x

  11. beautiful, intriguing delicate wings! ceramic? your daughter must be a joy to watch...expressing your favorite fairy tale.

  12. well... these wings should really carry you.
    hang them closeby, see them move, into action....