When Sweetbryar received a gift of maple 9″ x 12″s, she was perplexed as to how to best use them. But soon her creative process supplied the answer, and the first of her Fearie Tales was painted – Dorothy holding Toto, as flying monkeys annoy her with their attentions. The effect of the wood showing through was so striking that it became a primary feature of the series. Soon, Red Riding Hood was traversing the forest, Rumplestiltskin was stamping through a parquet floor, and a wooden-faced Alice was contemplating Eat Me cakes, along with other familiar heroines of childhood folklore.
The stories, of course, hold real meaning for all people of all ages, and everyone has a favorite. Look around and find yours…
The Royal Court
Having discovered painting on maple, Sweetbryar began experimenting with different woods, and soon inspiration came. She acquired some black walnut, and began her fabulous series “Kings and Queens of Jazz”. Soon, lovingly crafted portraits of Cab Calloway, Ma Rainey, Duke Ellington and various other figures from that first Golden Age of American Music graced us with their knowing smiles, and outrageous styles.
All the original art for the Royal Court – Kings, Queens, Jacks and Jokers are painted on black walnut panels with acrylic paint – 5 1/2” x 7 5/8”.
The giclee prints available are printed on acid free paper with archival inks
And packaged in 5”x 7” Crystal clear, resealable polyethylene collector’s bags with PH neutral mat board backing. All these musicians have played such an important role in my life and soul. They are available to you for $25.oo each with 25% going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Know, Black Lives Matter!!