Another evil Queen! This month, we read a French fairy tale for our Year of the Fairy Tale. It’s a long tale, called The Story of Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-minon. Fourbette, the wicked princess, becomes the wicked step-mother and queen in this story (now I know all stepmothers aren’t wicked; just in fairy tales!) Luckily, Blondine, the young princess, is separated from this stepmother when she is small and remains in “the exclusive protection of the nurse.”
But the wicked stepmother bribes the princess’s carriage driver with bonbons. I kid you not!
There is a tortoise in this story, so I had to get to know her better. After Princess Blondine is lost in the Forest of Lilacs, she approached this Tortoise one day, who tells her that she will take the princess out of the forest. But it will take six months and she can’t ask any questions. Blondine says, “I prefer to die of hunger and fatigue than of grief and uncertainly.” So she hops on the back of the Tortoise. It takes them three months to pass through the Forest, then another six weeks to cross the arid plain. And there’s more to travel! The story has a fairy tale ending, of course, and everyone lives happily ever after.
I painted this part of the story in my small Moleskine watercolor journal using pencil, pen and watercolors. And applied some of the techniques that our teacher Carla Sonheim showed us. There were so many new animals and flowers in the “research and discovery period” (except for a frog, which I had drawn last month.) I didn’t spend nearly as much time as I was assigned, but I’m glad I got at least one finished piece. My idea of mixed media has changed because of this lesson!
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