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Alice in Wonderland… Down the Rabbit Hole and into Wonderland!

So here it is! The day of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! It’s a day where A Fanciful Twist has an amazingly, imaginative, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and celebrates with lots of other creative spirits who want to have a party too! Go over and have a look at the eclectic menagerie (and beautiful photography) and I will see you there!

When I started this project about Alice and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party I really didn’t know where it was going to go. I knew I wanted to focus painting mainly the characters but wasn’t sure at all where it would lead me or what might evolve. Somedays the magic just doesn’t happen, you know? You just need to take a break, have a cup of tea and get back into your flow…

Alice having tea

A few different Alices have emerged, slowly but surely, each in a different place not just physically but also emotionally. A lovely friend saw them this week and said they all have a wonderful kind of longing. (Thankyou Clare x.) I really appreciated her feedback because it’s often difficult to critique yourself or see what others may see… Anyway, it got me thinking that OF COURSE they have longing! Because that’s exactly where I have been the past two months…

Alice and her rabbit

I have been busy making steps and moving forward into the life I really want to live. Not a compromise or fitting around conventions, expectations or ‘the man,’ but really trying to visualise what I/we truly want. Well this has been harder than I first thought! One of the initial questions we asked ourselves was… ‘if money wasn’t an issue, how would you CHOOSE to spend your time?’ (An Alan Watts question!) Have a think about that one for a moment… I still haven’t answered it fully but I realised that it was ok to have more than one answer and that those answers would organically change and grow throughout my life. The answers were very revealing. Some of them quite surprising me!

To help our (sometimes confusing) process we have taken lots of time out in nature to really connect to our deepest hearts desires and dreams. We shared a vision board to clarify our thoughts as and when they popped up; noticing the things that made our hearts leap with joy. That felt like the way to go…

I am also so grateful to have won a place on the art course I blogged about a few weeks ago. Life Restoration… It has really helped me make the big jumps that were necessary. Really supporting me with learning to let go of the things that I would need to sacrifice in order to move forward… A key point for me was asking myself; ‘is what you want, going to cause you to have to let go of something that is more precious than the very thing you want?’ Once I had that part figured the rest just fell into place… Well it actually happened exactly as we wanted it to! So this gave us reassurance that everything was happening perfectly and as it should.

I feel like we are getting off this roundabout. I don’t want to be so dizzy from the ride that I can’t see or think. I don’t want to follow stupid rules that I don’t believe in. And now, I don’t feel as if I’m falling down a rabbit hole anymore. I am entering a Wonderland, a Wonderland of what is my life!

So here is the rest of my Alice work, take a peek and see what you think…

Mad Hatter

Little Alice

Alice before Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

…Thanks for looking… all comments gratefully accepted… x

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  1. Teresa in California says...

    Your Alice artwork is so beautiful…you have definitely captured the essence of Alice in her ‘Wonderland’ mode of thinking. Please come visit my blog, although my computer crashed just before the Mad Tea Party and I was unable to participate.
    I support the arts and artists in many different mediums/medias. My own brother is a professional artist and author of ‘The Dragon of Cripple Creek’ which the link is on my blog.
    I will continue to browse your blog too…you are definitely a kindred spirit!
    Teresa in California

  2. Lisa says...

    Wow!! Your artwork is gorgeous!! thank you for having me!

  3. Emalina says...

    What a beautiful and artistic tea party!
    Thank you so much for having me, happy Mad Tea Party!

    Please do come visit my 2 interwoven fairytale inspired stories-

    1. The White Queen as she prepares her Mad Tea Party for her eleven dancing sisters in:

    2. The dancing princesses dancing their way all over the land to reach her Mad Tea Party:

    I look forward to serving you a home made rose macaron or two at my tea party!

  4. Daughter of Jaded Era says...

    Those paintings are lovely, I especially adore the one where she sits and the last one. It is some way really light, but some how slightly sorrowful. Beautiful! 🙂

  5. wendy says...

    your art is stunning … wow I love the faces truly beautiful thank you for sharing it with me `*.¸.*´ ¸.•´¸.•*¨`*. ¸.•*¨*.¸¸.•*¨`*•
    (¸¸¸.•*¨`*•.•´*.¸.•´* .•´*¸¸.•*¨`*• ♥♥ hugs Wendy

  6. Shauna says...

    Wow – stunning work. Thank you for sharing!

    If you haven’t already, please do stop by my party as well, but beware the Jaberwock is lurking about!


  7. Mel says...

    Your art is so lovely, you are very talented:)
    I hope you will pop by and visit my party also:

    Mad Madam Mel xx

  8. Rachel says...

    Your work is so beautiful.

    I’m currently going through the same process. Working out what I want to do, trying to stay true to myself but still make a living. It’s not an easy journey but I’m sure we’ll both get there.

  9. Carmen says...

    Hi, Wendy. Those are really neat and emotional “Alice” pictures you’ve created. Please don’t stop creating… it’s something that’s yours and only yours. Happy partying… 🙂

  10. Ricki Jill Treleaven says...

    Wow. I love your art! I’m an artist, too. I love the Alice in the top hat. Congrats on your art course!

    Happy Mad Tea Party Day!
    Please visit my party!
    Ricki Jill

  11. sue says...

    I love them. I especially LOVE the hatter.

  12. laura says...

    I love all of your Alice-s. They are so beautiful. I enjoyed your tea party post.

  13. Kestril says...

    I love these Alices – all of them! Your post really spoke to me, about letting go and bring brave enough to explore a world that sometimes does seem to be Wonderland-esque with its strange rules and knowing when to break them.

    Great post – I’ll be thinking about this one for awhile. 🙂

  14. Niffy says...

    Your artwork is beautiful and your story is touching. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in it! Have a lovely blog hop!

  15. Lynda Shoup says...

    I love how you used Alice as a metaphor. You made this Mad Tea Party a part of a beautiful self transformation. I see the longing in your paintings and also the serenity. They are lovely. Thanks for sharing your tea party.

  16. Michelle says...

    You are a very talented artist. I do so love the first Alice! Great post… making changes are always hard at first… glad your choices are working for you. Happy Partying! ~Michelle

  17. Hunnybee says...

    Hi Wendy,

    Such lovely incarnations of Alice! My favorite is Alice with the Bunny. The colors are so whimsical and the look on Alice’s face, serene. You are a talented artist!Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Laura says...

    I love the different looks of Alice and how well your introspection is working for you. How wonderful to do it as a shared activity.

    Congratulations on your Life Restoration win. Is it ok for me to be a bit green with envy?

  19. Judy Lee says...

    Hi Wendy, I love all of these pictures. You are very talented. I live in the US but my son lives in Leicester and he introduced me to your lovely work.
    Thanks for sharing them.
    Judy Lee

  20. James says...

    Awesome work babes x Your drawings are really amazing. Great subject too x