She has many a perilous journey, but in the end she is rescued, flying away on the feathery back of a sparrow. Her friend brings her to a garden where the fairy folk live in the flowers. (I'm sure the garden must be mine...) There she meets and falls in love with a fairy prince. On her wedding day the fairies give the girl a pair of clear sparkling wings.
I have a collection of old fairytale books, and in the most ancient version, the tiny girl was called Thumbelissa. It's a toss-up as to which name is the most beautiful!
I am going to be out of town, so I'm posting this drawing from 2006. My model was lovely Melissa, when she was a young girl. I don't have the original reference pictures to share with you, but I'm sure you will recognize her wonderful face.
I'm SO grateful for my life-in house sitters, for my watchful neighbors and the policeman who lives across the street. It makes traveling so much easier to do.
God bless you, dear ones. Have a lovely week and Happy Paint Party Friday!