Mixed Media Artist

The Felted Crown ( Even So)

6″x12″ Mixed media painting on clayboard


My friend Trish Walker made this felted crown for my daughter Imogen. It was so beautiful I wanted to take a picture of it to send to my Mum. The photo made me want to paint it . So here you have it.

Imogen wearing a crown reminded me of a funny story from when I was a kid.

As you probably know, I grew up living in a large three-story boarding house in front of a castle. The castle was a tourist attraction/ music conservatory that took donations for admission. I think they now charge upward of $10, but this was a simpler time, a time when a nine-year old kid could go in and explore without being promptly escorted back out by an adult.

One evening, supper came and I was nowhere to be found.
My Dad went looking for me and after asking the students working at the castle if they had seen me, he was directed to the top castle turret. There, he found me in my summer shorts, tank top, long Adidas sock and runners. A rhinestone tiara was perched on my head as I waved regally, greeting each American tourist as they climbed the old oak staircase.

I remember my Dad couldn’t hide the smile on his face and looking back, I am sure he was less than pleased to be running around looking for me after making dinner for twenty people, but he didn’t get mad at me.
I guess my Dad knew that a princess has got to do what she has got to do and you just don’t mess with that.

Thanks Dad, for always seeing the princess in me, simply accepting it and not seeing it as a flaw.


9 responses

  1. chris

    She is a princess.

    December 31, 2009 at 5:35 am

  2. Every woman is one somewhere inside. Sadly most women don’t often let her shine through. Maria, one of the things that makes you such a beautiful person is that you know your princess self so well, you let her take the lead every once in a awhile and you encourage others (especially your children) to celebrate their princess selves as well. Your dad is also pretty fantastic for not quashing that vibrant part of your spirit that day (and I suspect many other days) all those years ago. That is a true gift from a father to his daughter.

    And why oh why do my creations always look so much more spectacular when you paint them. Methinks it is all that glitter!

    December 31, 2009 at 6:37 am

  3. What a beautiful painting! You really did a wonderful job on this one. The story is lovely too. I ended up buying a mini castle because I wanted to be a princess as a kid. Turret and all. I named in project blancoyd.

    December 31, 2009 at 7:56 am

  4. Great painting and great story, Maria! Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2009 at 2:12 pm

  5. If I let you be a Princess onece in a while it meant that I could be King
    From his Royal Highness

    December 31, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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  7. absolutely beautiful!

    January 2, 2010 at 6:52 am

  8. Thanks everyone! Means so much coming from all you wonderfully creative people.

    January 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm

  9. I remember when this little princess came over to visit the town of Liverpool to see her Aunty Pat at the age of 2 and even then was a special child to behold

    January 13, 2010 at 1:51 am

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