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Friday, June 8, 2012

The Enchanted Castle

Do you ever get a creative block? Usually it has to do with a concept know what your end result should be but you just can't get past that starting point. I guess that was the trouble with Castle Maureen.

Several false starts, a total rework of the ante chamber along with an added technical problem and what should have been easily completed within one month turned into a laborious on-going process of several months. But until it was completed, I couldn't in good conscience begin the next commission. It didn't help any that my customer for whom Castle Maureen was intended was also the same customer who had ordered the Ruined Castle. None of that occurred with the Enchanted Castle.

It really helps when you know what your customer has in mind. Having asked her to name her castle, I received this description along with the name:
This enchanted castle, built of grey stone and set deep in a forest, belongs to a scholarly knight. It contains a great many stained glass windows and appears to be thriving. It is approached by a tree-lined avenue. Nearby is a busy dwarven settlement in which there is a conjurer for hire. The holding is rich in mystery. Within the tower is a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, and dangerous situations. Many a guest have visited but few find the will to leave the ”Enchanted Castle”.
I don't know about you but reading that immediately gave me an image of what I should be striving to build ....which was a castle rising out of the cliffs. Now you might be tempted to go back and re-read that description. Nowhere do you find the words: cliff, rocks or stone! Don't ask me why but I just knew this castle had to be surrounded by mountainous rocks and stones. When your project tells you what it should turn into, you'd better darn well pay attention. ...and I did!
This time there were no delays, no reworks... Everything came together as it was meant to be.
This is my version of the Enchanted Castle:

Can you see the tiny door hewn into the rock wall beneath the turret? I hope it's large enough ...because when I think of dwarfs, I think of the little guys in Snow White singing "Hi ho hi ho, it's off to work we go", while marching off with their pick axes over their shoulders to work in the mines.
But obviously all their hard work tunneling underground isn't helping the castle structure. I think it just might be their fault that the castle wall has developed a large crack.

A tower was mentioned in the description ....and here is the tower! If I were keeping this castle, I'd have roses climbing up its heights. But perhaps I'm just switching fairy tales from Snow White to Sleeping Beauty whose castle was shrouded by brambles and other various thorny plants.

Even the columns supporting the entry to the ante chamber were hand made.

All that's left to do, is begin the arduous task of finding a secure box so it can be safely shipped to its new home.


  1. Gorgeous!! Your client is a lucky lucky miniaturist! You brought life to her amazing description! hugs, ara

  2. Wow! What a work of art. It is perfect. I really love the addition of that tiny door.

  3. I love it! The perfect build to the story. I will bet she is thrilled :)


  4. A fabulous setting Karin. Your client will have a lovely time making it her own.

  5. I love it Karin!! Your newest miniature castle is stunning! I can't wait to get it. You can't see me but I'm doing the happy dance. Lol.
    I guess I do get carried away when trying to explain why I named the castle "The Enchanted Castle" My imagination can really go on and on. Lol
    I've looked at the pictures over and over and am continued to be in awe with your amazing talent.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! :)))))))


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