The fantasy collection

...why she was standing in this forgotten wasteland, steam whispering out of cracked mud, waiting for creatures who belonged only in legend.

By Ailene Cuthbertson

© 2015, Ailene Cuthbertson, ...why she was standing in this forgotten wasteland, steam whispering out of cracked mud, waiting for creatures who belonged only in legend.. Photograph.
© 2015, Ailene Cuthbertson, …why she was standing in this forgotten wasteland, steam whispering out of cracked mud, waiting for creatures who belonged only in legend.. Photograph.
  • Title …why she was standing in this forgotten wasteland, steam whispering out of cracked mud, waiting for creatures who belonged only in legend.
  • Artist Ailene Cuthbertson
  • Medium Photograph
  • Year 2015

In a wasteland of sand and steam, glowing fire dancers give the gift of flame.

Waiting left gaps for doubt to bubble up and boil over. It wasn’t so much fear they would harm her, Cassia realised, she simply couldn’t return without fire. She owed her younger self, the girl gazing into a winter’s night hearth, reaching out and trying to twist flames around pudgy fingers. No one had understood. They certainly wouldn’t accept why she was standing in this forgotten wasteland, steam whispering out of cracked mud, waiting for creatures who belonged only in legend.

The fire dancers came, flickering towards her like golden leaves tossed in the breeze. Not one of the coal-black eyes glanced her way. Ember-lit bodies sparked and hissed past her, forcing Cassia stumbling back, eyes stinging in the heat.

The dance faltered. Cassia froze, perilously aware how close she stood to burning bodies. Placed perfectly, she realised, to join the dance. They stretched out flame-licked arms to her. Cassia straightened. “I need this”, she said, and reached out, gasping as slivers of flame leapt to caress her wrist; hot, but not yet burning.

Dancers spun joyfully around her, ribbons of flame flying. Cassia laughed. They understood her and had given her their gift.

Part of the fantasy collection

Inspired by escaping into (& writing my own) fantasy stories. Stand in the forgotten wasteland of the fire dancers, awaken a legend, sing with water dancers, or twirl in sparking firelight…

…why she was standing in this forgotten wasteland, steam whispering out of cracked mud, waiting for creatures who belonged only in legend.

is digital art, giclée printed with long-life ink on 100% cotton rag fine art paper – a high quality print that will last a lifetime.

© 2015, Ailene Cuthbertson, ...why she was standing in this forgotten wasteland, steam whispering out of cracked mud, waiting for creatures who belonged only in legend.. Photograph.

This print comes professionally framed with a dark frame, ready to hang.

Detail of the frame for the limited edition fine art prints by Ailene Cuthbertson

Update: Unfortunately, this lovely frame is no longer available from the supplier. Until I choose a new frame for this collection, I have limited prints available with this one. Email me at ailene@oldmountainart.com or fill out the form below and I’ll let you know.

Choose from two print sizes:

The medium size is A2 (42 cm x 60 cm)
and is limited edition of 25

The large size is A0 (84 cm x 119 cm)
and is limited edition of 5

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What appealed to me most about [Ailene’s] art was how each piece both told a story in itself and linked with other paintings and the other figures to a wider story as well.

You feel like you have a chapter, a piece of the narrative, while the story continues to unfold elsewhere.

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I like Ailene’s art because it seems like every picture is alive. I feel like it’s not just a picture, it’s a kind of unsaid story that makes me look closer and wonder about it.

I bought my favourite print and have told all my friends to look at Ailene’s art. My favourite painting is “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”. I loved it at first sight. I belly dance, and the artwork reminds me that there are people who share my passion for dancing.

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