THE MAGIC OF ART
ENCHANTED FAIRY TALES is a collection of some of the most famous and beloved classic Fairy Tales, written by great authors of the past. These stories have been adapted and illustrated by Judy Mastrangelo, who is a world-renowned Artist and Author specializing in fantasy artwork. Her beautifully detailed and colorful paintings follow in the Fine Art tradition of the “Artists of the Golden Age of Illustration”. For those of all ages who enjoy the world of fantasy, this book will be a magical delight. Some of the stories she has chosen for this book are: Peter Pan, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Thumbelina, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, The Frog Prince, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, King Arthur, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc.
“For me, Judy Mastrangelo’s books are all about the fantastic illustrations. It’s not that her stories are not lovely, it’s just that her illustrations are so completely amazing, everything else fades in comparison. I was a little girl who adored fairies, princesses, and magic and mystery and I would have loved these books. As an adult, I still enjoy these things and take delight in reading Ms Mastrangelo’s lovely little stories and looking at the pictures, again and again.
This book is also very worthwhile from a literary point of view for children. The author has taken a selection of popular fairytales and other famous stories and summarised them into bite sized chunks suitable for younger children. I was delighted to see some of William Shakespeare’s plays included in an abridged form including The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as some other favourite stories of mine like Thumbelina, Hansel and Gretel and Alice in Wonderland. There were also a few stories from Greek mythology which I know from personal experience with my sons, nieces, and nephews are hugely popular.
I am a fan of abridged versions of stories for young children because they introduce them to the delights of fairy tales and other stories, without bogging them down in sophisticated detail. Children who are introduced to abridged classics and fairytales often go on to read the original versions when they are older.
This is a book that would delight any child’s heart and make a wonderful and special gift.”
– Robbie’s inspiration Blog
“Beautiful traditional fairy tales accompanied by stunning illustrations. A must for any fairy fan as it transports you to another world. Judy Mastrangelo’s illustrations have a luminous quality as if painted with light. Uplifting and magical.” – Judith Hannah Shiel
“Every piece of art she creates is pure beauty and magic. I can just imagine the authors of these classic stories if they could see what she has done with their stories. They would be so thrilled! Maybe they are looking over her shoulder when she creates them! lol Anyway, I am a collector and obviously a huge fan of hers. She has brought so much beauty and magic to the world. Thank God for her, the world needs it. For grandmothers like me to all ages. The thrill will be the same!”
– Christine Von Lossberg
Do you have hidden wishes and desires that have been elusive since your youth? Now there is an inspirational oracle that will take you on an exciting adventure of self-discovery and enlightenment! Explore your unique gifts through 50 stunning oracle cards and a quick-and-easy guidebook with whimsical messages that will help you enhance your life and express your deepest feelings. Create a “Mind Painting” of your ideal self—someone who you would like to become—and then ascend to unbelievable heights by developing your imagination. Talented people throughout the ages—great thinkers, authors, poets, painters, and composers—have shared wonderful creations with humankind, and you can too by developing the innate talents that slumber deep within your Soul. This is the place of wizards, magic, and fairies! Prepare to be inspired! Includes 50 art cards and full-color guidebook.
“From the moment I saw her art I automatically became a huge fan. Every painting has such a sweetness and divine beauty of fantasy and wonder. Now, having her “Inspirational Visions” oracle I can see her work all the time and have fun picking the cards and reading her inspiring words for my day. It is all Judy, she is such a blessing to the world with her loving words and art. I would recommend this not only for adults but for children as well. It is such a great escape to go to and have it and bring wonderfulness in my life daily. I get so much from it! It makes you feel so good.” – Christine Von Lossberg
“As you can see from the photos, the artwork is stunning! Oracle cards differ from Tarot cards as they are meant to be used to enhance your own imagination.
The artistry and detail on each card is lovely and inspirational. These cards are easy to shuffle and created from good card stock. They are easy to use, which is perfect for a beginner.” – Colleen M. Chesebro (Read the full review and interview)
“These lovely oracle cards are wonderful for personal enjoyment, spiritual enhancement, creative inspiration, or as a gift for someone special who is dear to your heart, the bright, colorful illustrations and inspirational messages are sure to delight. I give the Inspirational Visions Oracle Cards five quills.” – Writing to be Read (Read the full review)
“I was thrilled to receive a complimentary deck of Judy Mastrangelo’s new release: Inspirational Visions Oracle cards.
I followed the instructions, meditating before I shuffled and drew two cards: Pan and Unicorn (magical beings surround us) and Where Candy Trees Grow (lands of childhood live within us always throughout our life.) The two cards seemed uncannily appropriate as my favourite genre to write is magical realism/fantasy and I am young at heart for my age! A gorgeous set, truly inspirational. ❤”– Kyrosmagica Publishing (Read the full review)
“The intention of these cards is to provide inspiration for insight for readers of the cards. Each card is beautifully made from good quality card and the illustrations are simply amazing. The message on each card is embellished and expanded in the accompanying booklet.”– Robbie Cheadle (Read the full review)
“This deck is perfect for anyone at any age to use as a way to access imagination and the creative process, it’s suitable for the youngest of artists and won’t ruffle any religious feathers. If you enjoy spending time with the creative process or if you’re looking for something different in the way you engage your imagination give this deck a try. The illustrations are beautifully done in cheerful colors that will take you back to childhood story time. The keepsake box is sturdy enough to last for many years and to keep your fresh ideas at hand. The Inspirational Visions Oracle Cards are a treasure chest of stories just waiting to be told.”– Attune Magazine (Read the full review)
Meet our new author Judy Mastrangelo and check out two of her books!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved to create paintings, even as a child, and writing about my graphic art has always been enjoyable to me too.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I “Daydream” about my work in the beginning, and create what I call a “Mind Painting” of my ideas. So my illustrations and writing for a book go hand in hand together. I always illustrate all of my books. I don’t paint very quickly, since it’s a labor of Love for me, and I try to make my art as good as I can. So that sometimes it takes me several years to complete a book that I’ve both written and illustrated.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Some of my work time is “in my mind” in the beginning of my workday. So doing actual painting and writing varies throughout each day. My creative process is very enjoyable to me, and as a result, I don’t usually keep to a strict schedule.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I suppose the answer to that is my process of combining the art of painting and writing together to create a book.
Hello everyone! This week, I’m thrilled to introduce you to an award-winning illustrator and author: Judy Mastrangelo. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list.
Your book covers are works of art! What did you want to become when you were a child?
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a graphic artist. The world was a magical and inspiring place for me then, and it still remains so now that I’m an adult. I wanted to paint the lovely faces I saw in flowers, the sparkling morning dew in the grass, and clouds reflecting the glorious colors of twilight.
Animals have always had fascinating and unique personalities to me. And within my colorful imagination, my fellow humans seemed to evolve into gods, goddesses, and any number of otherworldly spirits. So in a few words, the World was and still is my inspiration for my imaginative fantasy artwork that I love to depict in my paintings.
Even as a youngster, I would develop my art first in my mind as a picture rather than doing preliminary sketches. Later on, as a grownup, I came to term this method “MIND PAINTING”.
I always have an idea of what I want to create before I begin a project. I use my method of “MIND PAINTING” in which I conceive of ideas and accompanying paintings in my mind as one total vision before I start. It’s an exciting way to create, and I’m sure many other authors and Illustrators do the same.
Another term that can be used for this method would be “inspiration”. I don’t really labor over trying to think of an idea. Concepts just come to me as “Visions”, and I dearly welcome them all gratefully.
What I wanted to become when I was a girl was a “Painter of Visions and Words”, and that is still my goal. It is my spiritual passion.
As I “daydream” about my “Visions” that I want to put on canvas, I often create words to go hand in hand with these images. The creation of this form of “mixed media art” has been a great delight for me throughout my lifetime. It has developed into books that I both write and illustrate, combining my love for the visual images, and the written word.
I find the mixture of words and images very exciting.
I suppose it harkens back to our experiences when we were young and the wonderful feelings we first had when visiting the Magical Land of Books. It is similar to watching a movie that we love. And yet reading a book is different in that we can add our own personal images and feelings to it in addition to the accompanying illustrations in a book or film.
Entering into the exciting world of literature is a wonderful escape from our everyday world. It gives us the opportunity to experience many adventures and to identify with various characters, which we wouldn’t normally have to the opportunity to do. This art form is very fulfilling, as is all art in general.
My guest today is an author and talented illustrator of children’s fantasy books. She seems a bit shy, but I was able to coax a few answers out of her, regarding writing for children and creating beautiful illustrations. Because, after all, at least half of writing for children is creating visual images, so an author who can do their own illustrations comes into the game a step ahead. Please help me welcome author and illustrator Judy Mastrangelo.
Kaye: When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Judy: I’ve always enjoyed writing, ever since I was very young.
Kaye: Would you share the story of your own publishing journey?
Judy: As a child I would write little stories from my imagination, or about my everyday experiences.
Coming from a fine art background, I’ve always loved the wonderful artists of the “Golden Age of Illustration”, who illustrated books from about 1850 to 1925. I like to think that I continue along this line in my own small way. I enjoy writing stories that I illustrate, and also love illustrating classical stories in the public domain.
Many of my paintings have been licensed for various markets, such as art prints, wall murals, greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles, oracle cards etc. I have written and illustrated several published books. And I have both illustrated and written the text to a new inspirational Oracle Card Deck which will be on the market next year, published by “RED FEATHER MIND BODY SPIRIT”, a division of Schiffer Publishing.
You can see and hear podcasts about my artwork on Youtube.
These include some radio interviews, plus several teaching podcasts about the steps I take in the creation of my Art. To learn more about my Art and products, you can visit: www.judymastrangelo.com
Kaye: What’s something most readers would never guess about you?
Judy: I am a “movie buff” and enjoy many genres of film.
Listen to my interview with Robert Sharpe on BITE Radio, where I talk about my art and the Portal to the Land of Fae books.
Judy Mastrangelo is a world renowned artist and author. She has written and illustrated several books, which include themes of Poetry, Fairytales, Fairies and Animals. She has been influenced by many great artists of the past, such as those of the Italian Renaissance, The Pre-Raphaelites, the Hudson River School Artists, and the artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. Her books are published by IMAGINATION BOOKS, a division of Dusty Saddle Publishing:
Dusty Saddle Publishing is one of the foremost Western publishers with hundreds of titles in print. Imagination books, this new imprint of Dusty Saddle Publishing, takes a different direction from the western genre, focusing on books about the poplar themes of Fantasy, Fairytales, Poetry, Art etc. Judy Mastrangelo’s wonderful blend of imaginative writing and beautiful illustration will certainly have great appeal to all.
Judy Mastrangelo has both written, illustrated, and designed a delightful series of four books about elves and fairies. This series is entitled:
“PORTAL TO THE LAND OF FAE”
Here are the titles of each of the individual books:
“SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES,”
and “MYSTICAL FAIRIES.”
These four books have had a large success as Kindle Ebooks.
Now, by popular demand, they are being published in paperback by Imagination Books:
Be sure and collect the entire four book set.
The second of these books is her “SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES.”
Judy Mastrangelo is a world-renowned artist and author, especially known for her depictions of the Fairy Realm. Her paintings follow in the fine art tradition of the artists of the Golden Age of Illustration. This “SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES” book whispers about the secret hidden world of elves and fairies that she imagines to exist.