Hello Followers and Friends and welcome to Magpieheaven. It's Friday and that means a visit to my favourite blog - Kim Dellow's wonderful 'Show Your Face on Friday'. If you don't already know, Kim hosts this great venue where anyone who wants to have a go at creating faces in any media, any style can link up and gain inspiration from other artists. All the details are here, so please do hop across and find out more! A few weeks ago I challenged myself to step outside my comfort zone and create a portrait of my daughter, Matilda in the style of Tim Burton. Our cat Daisy wanted to be in the picture too and somehow a cheeky magpie fluttered into view!
This picture just asked me to tell a story, which involved my family as Tim Burton might have created them. I have a son Isaac, who joined the cast of characters as a troubled magician with a pet owl who knows a thing or two...
Visitors to Magpieheaven wanted to know more about the unfolding story, so this week I've been piecing it together a little more and I've created a couple more faces to add to this gallery of characters! If you look in the first picture, you will see that the mischievous magpie has a ring in his beak. He had the best of intentions when he 'borrowed' this shiny trinket. He so wanted to give Matilda a birthday gift. He just saw it gleaming there on the table in Baba Yaga's tiny house and he really planned to return with some shiny things from his stash in return: somehow he never got round to it and now Baba Yaga, the witch is furious and growing too big for the miniature house I created for her in Tinytopia!
Isaac's shrinking spell has only made time race round so that the moon has gone from a full beaming face to a crescent in one night and Baba Yaga is increasing in size even faster! She is threatening to put that Magpie in a golden pastry coffin when she gets her hands on him! By the way I don't think any member of our family looks quite as gruesome as this - except perhaps me when I've been woken up too early!
All this noise has woken Kevin, the Kitchen Elf who sleeps in the Magpieheaven cupboards and creates the kitchen all around him (readers will know that Kevin has been working on our kitchen for over two years now and he hasn't quite finished it yet! Now you can see what he looks like!) He'd like to help, but he only has kitchen fitting spells and they only work on certain days and that screw-driver he's wielding will be no use against Baba Yaga's magic . I think Isaac's owl has a plan, but to find out what it is and if it works, you will have to give me another week to sketch some more because I think it involves one last Tim Burton style portrait! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a great week and I do hope you can find the time to draw a face and link up to Show Your Face on Friday!