This 21st century interpretation of Fairy King Oberon by Johnson is very Elven and martial in conception.

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Renaissance alchemists explained that fairy creatures are formed from the subtlest ingredients from the four elements that constitute the universe.

For that reason, fairies are also known as "elementals".

William Blake made a series of watercolors in the early 1790's.

By the mid 1800's a tradition developed among British and Scottish Painters that continues today all over the world in every known form of art media...

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" provided the inspiration for the next piece; The shipwrecked wizard Prospero's daughter Miranda at the tender age of fifteen surrounded by fairies, sprites, spirits and even specters of death all at her father's command.

Of all Shakespeare's plays A Midsummer Night's Dream has had the most compelling hold on the imagination of painters.

The best books on Celtic Fairy lore are still "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" by the Rev. Kirk and Keightley's "Fairy Mythology", but they are difficult to obtain.

Fortunately "Fairies" by Contemporary Fairy painting masters Brian Froud and Alan Lee is back in print and an absolutely delightful edition for any collector or enthusiast.

The mythic Gandharvas of Sanskrit poetry were also fairies.