Friday, June 19, 2009

Unicorns of the sea

For no particular reason I decided to sketch a narwhal....

And then I painted a small canvas depicting these mysterious magical creatures...

You can read a little or a lot about these unicorns of the sea 'here'
I'm planning a Wooden Narwhal hanger now. Not sure how I will do such a fine delicate horn yet though?

A little while ago I kindly received an award from Joanne. If you have a moment, go and take a peep at her blog, she creates the most delightful fairyworld illustrations.
I was also tagged by Andrea. to play this question and answer game......

What is your current obsession?

I'm not really an obsessive type of person, but at the moment I'm really fascinated by moths.

What is your weirdest obsession
Hmm.. I wouldn't call it weird :) but I have to have my coffee un stirred. I hate drinking it if its been stirred. Actually that does sound a bit weird now!
What are you wearing today?
Old comfy Jeans and Next khaki embroidered T shirt
What’s for dinner ?
Tikka masala
What would you eat for your last meal ?
That would depend on what I fancied at the time. I don't think I have a favourite food? There would probably be strawberries and raspberries for dessert though.
What’s the last thing you bought ?
Strawberry hubba bubba bubble gum for my daughter about an hour ago.
What are you listening to right now ?
Joanna Newsom 'The sprout and the bean'
What is your favorite ice-cream flavour ?
I used to be icecream crazy as a child, and could eat bowlful after bowlful. I think I must have overdosed on it, as I no longer like it! I am partial to a magnum continental though very occasionally.
What do you think of the person who tagged you ?
Andrea is a very talented lady in tune with whats important in life and the beauty of nature around her.
If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be ?
Probably somewhere in Scandanavia. A wooden log cabin
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go ?

Whale watching
Which language do you want to learn ?
Elvish ;) or latin
What’s your favorite quote (for now) ?
'We hope that their will still be fireflies and glowworms at night to guide you and butterflies in the hedges and forests to greet you' ...... Gerald Durrell
What is your favorite colour ?
Turquoise blue
What is one of your favorite daily/weekly rituals ?

Visiting charity shops or car boot sales.

If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on ?

A bag from Fairysteps
Favourite designer ?
I'm not at all a designer type dresser. If I see something which catches my eye and I like it I will get it regardless of who it is made by. (If I have the pennies of course)

Do you admire any one’s style ?
I admire people that are individual and wear what they want and feel comfortable with. And people that don't follow fashion obsessively.
Describe your personal style ?
Casual and comfortable.

What are you going to do after this ?
Go and cook tea.
What are your favourite films ?
Into the West, with Gabriel Byrne. Amelie, Chocolat, Its a wonderful Life, Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings. There are so many I could go on and on......
What’s your favourite fruit ?
Strawberries and raspberries.
What inspires you ?
The magic of Nature all around us. Hares, the moon, stars , music and stories.

What is on the walls in your bedroom ?
Not alot at the moment as we are in the process of finishing decorating it. Should have been done ages ago, but there are much more interesting things to do! ;)
We have a few photos.

Your favorite book ?

Probably Lord of the rings?
Do you collect something ?
Shells, unusual pieces of twisted wood, hares, things I feel have a magical quality about them.
What is one of your pet peeves ?

I hate Litter, and get really annoyed by people that think they can just leave it lying around.
If you could be an animal , what would you be?
A bird.

Phew, that took a while! being probably one of the worlds slowest typers. If you’d like to play along (no pressure) I tag :

The rules :
1. Respond and rework ; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention or add one more question of your own.
2. Tag eight other people.

(Sorry for all the changes in size on the font! My computer or blogger seems to be acting up)


  1. ooh I love your Narwhals!! And strangely enough I am re-reading my Robin Hobb books right now (devouring them should be the correct phrase) & they always remind me of Narwhals...even though they are only mentioned in 'The Tawny Man Trilogy'...& I am a whole Trilogy away from that one yet...ROFL...

    aha...I've been tagged. Is this a hint that I've not blogged for a while? *chuckles* I must remedy that soon...:) xx

  2. Thank you Karen, for tagging me. I enjoyed reading more about you. Actually (!) I completed this tagging questionaire a couple of weeks ago so I wont do it again, but I'm off to explore the others you tagged - always good to follow the threads and recommendations of bloggers you enjoy. C U x

  3. Wonderful Narwhals! I've always loved them. Your animal paintings are always so beautiful!

  4. Love Narwhales. And magical hares. Your blog is such fun to visit.

  5. Your narwhal painting is so magical Karen, I love it! Thanks for tagging me, it might be a few days before I have time to play. :-)

  6. Hi Karen,
    Thank you for visiting me and leaving lovely comments.:)
    Thanks also for tagging me, though I think I have missed out a few of your questions. I have just looked back on your questionnaire an checked. It did take me a while to complete but it was fun!
    Your painting is very beautiful and the title "Unicorns of the sea", is very appropriate for these mysterious, looking creatures!:)

  7. Very interesting. I like the painting. It has a mystical feel to it. The horn would be hard.

  8. Those are the most enchanting narwhals ever!

  9. *sweet sweet enchanting narwhals*
    you paint ocean magic just right.
    and the little seashells around
    your painting are so sweet!
    LOVe your blog! xoxo

  10. Lovely painting with your favourite blues. I hate litter also, it makes me cross.

  11. That's a beautiful painting! I love the stars, it gives it such a magical touch. Thanks for listing me on your tag list, I shall do my questions as soon as I can.x :o)

  12. The canvas is beautiful. Seeing the narwhal tusks reminded me of something, and I couldn't think what - then I remembered, it's been a long time since I last read Why the Whales Came..

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. what beautiful narwhals! Gorgeous!

    I too am fascinated by moths and peeved by litter.

  14. really good drawing <3

  15. I love your answers! So many could be mine at any given point...

    Nice to get to know you a little bit more :-)

  16. Love your Narwahls, Karen. I have had deeply moving upclose encounters with whales and moths. So much so that the only way I could process the wonder of it was to begin making childrens' books, in hopes of touching the edges of such magic. You certainly do that in your work. Thank you.


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