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Fairy Godmouse by ursulav Fairy Godmouse by ursulav
My house has mice. Deer mice, to be precise. They are agonizingly, painfully, wretchedly adorable, with enormous black eyes, teeny little noses, neat little feet, and a regrettable tendency to crap in the silverware drawer. In some parts of the country, these little charmers carry hantavirus, so if I suddenly stop posting, you know that I was finally Done In By Cuteness, which is sort of how I expect to die.* Anyway, because of this, and my affection for silverware that does not cohabitate with mouse poo, I set out livetraps, and every week or so, some tiny, big-eyed little darling is waiting nervously for me under the sink. Then I take them out to the empty field a few blocks away and release them, and they bound away, probably astonished to be alive and telling all the other deer mice about how they were abducted by aliens, taken aboard a strange craft, while the aliens conversed in a strange language ("Crap, another one? How do they keep getting in here?!") and finally dumped in an empty field far from home.**

Somehow, this experience and my desire to play with some lighting techniques, and these long narrow mats I picked up and have been looking to use, gave rise to this, the Fairy Godmouse, who visits downtrodden mice in the night, magically changing the lucky rodent into the prettiest carrier of hantavirus at the ball, and leaving gifts in the silverware drawer for the rest of us.

Watercolor, Faber&Castell pens, acrylic ink, 4 x 10ish, original for sale, prints available, visit my website, or send me a note if I haven't updated yet.

*Although my money is still on 'trampled in a freak rain of wildebeests.'

**Anything they claim about probes, however, is a filthy lie.
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gogeta17 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
i personally would enjoy a series about this.
Klieo Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's adorable. And that description is hilarious
windfalcon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is adorable :0  I love the giant eyes!  And as a note, it's recommended that you release any mice you catch at least a mile from home, otherwise they often do a U-turn and go right back 'home'!
JaneParkerFairies Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ram750 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
I love the movement in this little guy's body.
waughtercolors Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I have featured this piece in my journal. I love it!
MagicBlackCat21688 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So Cute [link]
FerryQueen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
MelyannaM Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008

Hello there!
Your lovely artwork was featured in the news article: Themed Features No.4 : Fairies as part of Traditional Art section.

Thanks for sharing your art!

All the best,
Heitha Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's too cute!!!!!
unimatrix2612 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
The artist comments alone are worth a :+fav:, not to mention the beautiful picture!
twinsforever Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Student Photographer
So cute!
bloodylady Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
this work has been featred in my journal....:)..hope you will appreciate it!!
Karentownsend Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This so gorgeous :butterflytwo:
ramen-is-yummy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
awwrrhhh...*cuddles fair godmouse*
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I've loved this one for ages and I just wonder why I never added to my faves... So here goes. For the pic, AND the description. You have a great way of making people read descriptions. ;)
Mushymudpie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist

this is adorable... i love mice... even if they are diseased
WolfLady Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG!! The cutest thing I ever seen!! ^^
Jammerlee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
How cute XD I love the lighting and texture
Merdoll Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
me and my sister agreed that this was the cutest thing ever........EVER..
(well done) :)
Ariana-Blossom Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
This is adorable!
makebelief Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007   Traditional Artist
oh. so nice. beautiful little muse
Zoku-chan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
sho cyoot! X3
qlorin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006
Cuuute :love:
personettekids Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006
Love this painting! reminds me of all the mice in my house too -- I'll never look at them the same!!!:D
Unclassified Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006
AWWW it's so cute!! I'm glad there are other people are out there that know there are other ways to catch a moause besides those horable mouse traps! >< great job on the colors and...well everything i love you work and the more I see I love to see your imagination. I got to say it has inspired me to work more on a story of mine. Thank you!! =D
radcliffesgirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
omg that is so cute good job
bubblegumstarlight Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
Your artwork. It's beautiful. And there's so MUCH of it! If I had any money, I'd buy a thousand prints. Or three-hundred-something, however many you have ^_^;;... Something gives me a feeling that you read Redwall. Many times.
MerianMoriarty Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg YES! deer mice are so freakishly adorable, i hate it! it wouldn't be so bad if we didn't have five household cats, two of whom regularly go out and hunt things larger than they are... =_= cats leave us wonderful presents, too.

i love this pic; it's way too cute not to get faved.
RavensLore Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
I have been forced to go spackle happy behind all of my appliances in order to keep my local HantaFuzzBalls from suiciding via my cat, who I don't even like much but has no where else to live. Thus I have become FuzzBallLess. Woe.
Oscelot Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2004  Professional Artisan Crafter
blarg. =P ursula, cut the cute already.. I'm in a puddle of goo!
and nevermind the fact that your descriptions are sometimes funnier than the art itself..
blueseas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
*laughs* UFO.

I like the little beads on the tail. Nice detail. :)
littlemousegirl Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004
You're hilarious! Excellent art!
mandichan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
You have no idea how much I love this. Those sweet eyes, beautiful composition and colors!!!!!!!
Nanimbej Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
Kyaku Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004
this is grrreat and cute.
pogoqueen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
reminds me of my pet rat digit who passed away! she looked so much like a mouse!
rogue-rpz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
oh he just adorable little critter isnt he
i just love how you have done the background
how did you do that?
elyang Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
Urgh...I'm dying of the cuteness...someone SAVE ME!!
Mar91 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004   Digital Artist
Cool! :nod:
Yue-Nagareboshi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
One of the most cute things I ever seen :XD:
BAMillustration Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004  Professional General Artist
At first I thought the title was "Fairy GodMoose," which also would have been interesting.
eternalmoondragon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004
It is, as you say, full of cuteness.
Hermioneann Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004
So cute. And I'm glad to here that you use live traps :)
crystal-rex Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I read somewhere that mice will sometimes follow a person back to their house...

If it seems like you have a lot... this might be the case.

Otherwise... the eyes on this pic suck me into the void
Sanatkar Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004   Artisan Crafter
AWWW! This is wretchedly adorable! Sooooooo cute! :D
mike-the-vile Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004
I love that blue powershine - I bet this fairy godmouse goes around on the field now, and when a little mouse calls out, "I wish I was back in that silverware drawer", with tears in their eyes to go with the wish, the fairy godmouse grants it. And that's the story of how they just keep coming.
ArtFreek Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004
Aww :aww: Very adorable. I love it
asynjur Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004
I'm glad I don't have a mouse problem to deal with, I don't know what I'd do. Live traps sounds like a good option.

But I have a suggestion...

It doesn't sound like you're taking them far enough away. Animals have a huge drive to return to their home territories. They are so much safer in an area where they know the territory, the food sources and the dangers, that it is worth the danger of crossing miles to get back to home base. Mice have good little sniffers, they can probably smell home from a few blocks away. I wouldn't be surprised if some of them have already done the return trip more than once, making it a piece of cake, or rather, cheese...
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