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The Dryad and the Dragon Greeting Card (Thankyou) by Josephine Wall

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The Dryad and the Dragon Thankyou Greeting Card by Josephine Wall

Card dimensions: 139 x 184mm (5.5"x7.2") approx.
Information: By Artist Josephine Wall. Comes with a full colour envelope. Each card also has artwork inside.

Greeting inside reads:

The Dryad and the Dragon

Hidden away from prying eyes and
deep in a colorful forest,
these two magical beings are
enjoying getting to know each other.
Resting in her roots, the young dragon
shows no fear of the Willow
Dryad as she offers him an exotic fruit,
and in return the Dryad feels
very safe with her scale companion.
She hopes that they will become
friends forever, and that he will visit her often
with tales of the world
outside of her forest realm.

You kind and gentle spirit,
your loving, thoughtful way,
bring joy to all around you -
may that joy be yours today.

Thank You So Much.

Dictionary Terms Explained

Josephine Wall - Painter
Josephine Wall was born in Farnham, Surrey, England. Her work now is receiving worldwide acclaim inlcuding a nomination at the Arty Awards (the artworld equvalent of the oscars). She works mostly with acrylic paint and has been infuenced by the romanticism of the Pre-Raphaelites, surrealist artists like Salvador Dali and the illustrative work of Arthur Rackham.

From childhood she has had a passion for light and colour, fantasy and visual story telling. Much of the inspiration for her mystical images comes from her close observation of nature and her interest in its preservation. Though she often strives to impart a message in her scenes, she also hopes to inspire in her audience a personal journey into the magical world of their own imagination.

"The art of painting is more than a career to me," she says, "it is an all consuming obsession and a love of colour and form. In fact, if I am away from my easel for too long I become restless and anxious to paint again."

Dryad - Tree lore, nature spirit, nymph
A dryad is a wood nymph or spirit who lives in a tree. Each dryad is specifically linked to one tree and, when the tree eventually dies, the dryad is believed to die too.

Ancient myths describe dryads as shy creatures who flee from the sight of human beings. They're said to be shadowy creatures that hop and fly in the trees, heard like the rustle of leaves in the wind.

Dryads and dryad trees have featured extensively in myths, folklore and fiction. Author C. S. Lewis mentioned dryads in his books about the land of Narnia and Hans Christian Anderson wrote a fairy tale about a dryad who lived in a chestnut tree.

Wearing the symbol of the dryad represents a connection with nature, spirits and a love of trees.

Dragon (Western) - Power
Western dragons are seen as being distinctly different from their Eastern counterparts. Legends originating in European countries portray dragons as giant winged fire-breathing creatures that are usually feared by humans.

Many stories tell of men who battle against all obstacles to fight the scary dragons, get past them and gain access to the riches and wealth hidden in dragon dens. The epic hero, Beowulf, is just one example of someone who attempted to fight a treasure-guarding dragon - although in his case he failed and was killed.

The defining characteristic of a Western dragon symbol is that it represents power. Having an image of a Western dragon can help in expressing feelings of self-esteem, but they're also popular with dragon fans.

Please also see the meanings of the Eastern Dragon.

Leanin' Tree - 100% recycled cards
Leanin' Tree is a family owned company in USA which has some wonderful artists designing greeting cards for them. Their cards are high quality, having beautiful printed envelopes and also designed insides of cards.

Leanin' Tree

* All of their cards and envelopes are printed on premium quality recycled paper. All cards are Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF).
* They use "Zero VOC" vegetable-based soy inks that are formulated without petroleum solvent.
* They plant trees to compensate for their carbon emissions from our manufacturing process and have a comprehensive company recycling programme. They also invest to conserve resources by having motion sensors, lighting upgrades, thermal equalizers, waterless urinals and underground irrigation systems at their company.

Their long-standing commitment to the environment is central to their company ethos.

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