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Foxy & Paper

Original Whimsical Animal Paintings & Prints

Petite eccentric artworks accompanied by short fairytale narratives and taking place against a Victorianish backdrop
Magnolia
"Many people were disoriented by her fancy name, mistakingly considering that she was nothing more than just a delightful flower — pretty and vulnerable. The first one was an absolute truth, as for the second — hardly. She, as a matter of fact, was the opposite of vulnerable: intelligent, stubborn and surprisingly confident for an eighteen year old girl. And once the decision was made, she never looked back. She dashed toward her goal without thinking twice like merciless runaway train. 'If my Maggie have decided something, even twenty best horses won't stop her,' used to say her mother. 'Her Maggie' by the way didn't like nicknames and mother was the only person allowed to call her so. But for the rest of the world — no Maggies, Nollies, Mags or other Maggie Mays. Just Magnolia. Magnolia June O'Reilly."
Ballerina
"Daisy always wanted to be a ballerina. The grass was her stage, the trees were her curtain, the moon was her spotlight. But all she was is just a fairy mushroom and fairy mushrooms can't dance. Well, luckily she had no idea about that. She closed her eyes and danced, danced, danced..."
Cup of Tea
"Being a flamingo is hard enough. And try to be a flamingo in a cup of tea, that's hundred times harder! Because it's a hot tea, of course. Otherwise, it's not a tea at all. But here comes the benefit of standing on one leg."
Portrait of a Noble
Gentleman in Red
"History hasn't preserved any records of his real name for posterity. But evidences of the numerous contemporaries give us clear vision about what kind of person he was. A gentleman to his fingertips. A doer, rather than a talker. A brilliant commander and a faithful friend. He was as humble as glorious and always hid his true feelings behind brilliant smile, because that's just the way he was raised. He was loved by so many and just as many hearts were broken, but not from any fault of his own. The truth is, he simply couldn't love back, as his heart had been already stolen by most beautiful and pure creature in the world. And now it was buried six feet under the ground along with its lovely thief."
Night rider
"Two moving figures were hardly distinguishable in the gloom. Only quick breath of the rider and regular stride of four soft limbs of the racer upon the sleeping ground could give away the secret of their presence. When, for a moment, suddenly aroused moon snatch their graceful hovering silhouettes from the dark landscape and left them soar in the air like a fancy decoration on a Christmas tree. And then it got dark again."
Long Winter in Antler Hills
"People of Antler Hills always thought of themselves as the lucky ones. They enjoyed their quiet, peaceful, maybe even hideaway life aboard a giant deer. They didn't even mind having a half-year long winter, as they loved the crispness of everwhite snow in the mornings, loved how fresh cold air tickled nose, loved sledding down enormous deer antlers barely managing to grip hands on them to not bite the ground. Funny little chaps just didn't suspect that HE never was a giant deer, it's THEM who were 1 inch tall."
Mr. Fox's Silent Walk
"Mr. Fox always preferred solitude. Not that he didn't like people at all, he just didn't like seeing them or talking to them. He liked to be left to his own thoughts. He was enjoying a cold pricking of the snowflakes on his hot nose and a crackling sound under his paws in a perfect silence, when it suddenly floated in his mind, 'Could the silence love me as much as I love her? We would make a beautiful couple then.' And this thought made him smile."
Sir Lionel Smith
"General Sir Lionel Thomas Smith was the best shooter in the British Army, a Latin buff, a loving and faithful husband and a proud father of four daughters — the most beautiful and bright young ladies in the whole Savannah, Georgia."
Silent Night
"This night was cold, still and silent. She wore black, and black always suited her. She looked extraordinarily young and pretty in the dim moonlight. Even a smattering of lustreless stars covering her marble face made her look yet more flawless and perfect. Though she usually prefered solitude, owls were her faithful friends, and their quiet rhythmed screech was the only sound breaking the ringing silence."
Rabbit Moon
"A 'Rabbit moon' is one of the names of full moon, due to the legends about a mythical rabbit that lives there, based on pareidolia that identifies the markings of the Moon as a rabbit."
Miss Pumpkin
"Miss Virginia Pumpkin was a mod and a fashion queen of Norton Finchgrove. Everytime she happened to stir abroad in a new sassy hat, in as little as half an hour all women of the village were already beleaguering "Mr Richardson & Sons′ Fancy Hat Emporium", 45 Pondergate street."
Flower Rabbit
"The butterfly rabbit (Sylvilagus papilionaceus), also known as flower rabbit or wild rose bunny, is the world's smallest mammal, weighing in at about 3 grams. The average butterfly rabbit is 2 inches in length, with an ear span of 1.5 inches. Their usual diet consists of mostly wild rose pollen and petals."
Tuxedo
"Nothing would force Mr Peabody to wear his tuxedo, except the critical emergency. Like wedding, for instance. This time his own, unfortunately."
Siblings
"You'd never had guessed that Peter and Lizzy Robbins were siblings. They were like chalk and cheese. Peter — a real people person with lots of friends — seemed to know every boy under thirteen in their small slumberous town (he didn't care much about girls) and liked to be in on everything remotely interesting that happened here. Lizzy, on the contrary, was withdrawn and shy. Her best friends were books and she spent most of her time reading on the window sill or in her favirite corner of the garden. When she wasn't reading, she was tailing after Peter everywhere to his great annoyance. And while he never missed opportunities to call her a 'dumbhead' or put a frog on her pillow in the morning, he would never let anyone offend her."
Tilda
"The incomparable beauty of Her Royal Highness Princess Tilda was famous far beyond the kingdom as well as her bad temper. No wonder, that her parents were so keen to marry her off to anyone who will take the trouble, that on her wedding day to Lars Jonsson, the owner of three groceries and one butcher shop, they looked more delighted and satisfied, than both bridal pair and parents of the groom. Which was a bit odd, as the Jonssons were hereditary grocers, who were always dreaming of any at least third-rate title, and for whom this wedding was a gift from above."
Bird of Paradise
"With golden feathers covering her entire face and neck apart from emerald green domino, she was more beautiful and exotic, than it was socially acceptable. And like many truly beautiful things in life she was admired from a distance. Always a good acquaintance, but never a real friend. Always a muse, but never a sweetheart. And that was the tragedy of her life."
PORTRAIT OF A NOBLE
GENTLEMAN IN RED
“History hasn't preserved any records of his real name for posterity. But evidences of the numerous contemporaries give us clear vision about what kind of person he was. A gentleman to his fingertips. A doer, rather than a talker. A brilliant commander and a faithful friend. He was as humble as glorious and always hid his true feelings behind brilliant smile, because that's just the way he was raised. He was loved by so many and just as many hearts were broken, but not from any fault of his own. The truth is, he simply couldn't love back, as his heart had been already stolen by most beautiful and pure creature in the world. And now it was buried six feet under the ground along with its lovely thief."

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NIGHT RIDER
“Two moving figures were hardly distinguishable in the gloom. Only quick breath of the rider and regular stride of four soft limbs of the racer upon the sleeping ground could give away the secret of their presence. When, for a moment, suddenly aroused moon snatch their graceful hovering silhouettes from the dark landscape and left them soar in the air like a fancy decoration on a Christmas tree. And then it got dark again.”
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MAGNOLIA
"Many people were disoriented by her fancy name, mistakingly considering that she was nothing more than just a delightful flower — pretty and vulnerable. The first one was an absolute truth, as for the second — hardly. She, as a matter of fact, was the opposite of vulnerable: intelligent, stubborn and surprisingly confident for an eighteen year old girl. And once the decision was made, she never looked back. She dashed toward her goal without thinking twice like merciless runaway train. 'If my Maggie have decided something, even twenty best horses won't stop her,' used to say her mother. 'Her Maggie' by the way didn't like nicknames and mother was the only person allowed to call her so. But for the rest of the world — no Maggies, Nollies, Mags or other Maggie Mays. Just Magnolia. Magnolia June O'Reilly."
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BALLERINA“Daisy always wanted to be a ballerina. The grass was her stage, the trees were her curtain, the moon was her spotlight. But all she was is just a fairy mushroom and fairy mushrooms can't dance. Well, luckily she had no idea about that. She closed her eyes and danced, danced, danced..."

Buy prints US$18
CUP OF TEA
“Being a flamingo is hard enough. And try to be a flamingo in a cup of tea, that’s hundred times harder! Because it’s a hot tea, of course. Otherwise, it’s not a tea at all. But here comes the benefit of standing on one leg.”


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LONG WINTER IN ANTLER HILLS“People of Antler Hills always thought of themselves as the lucky ones. They enjoyed their quiet, peaceful, maybe even hideaway life aboard a giant deer. They didn’t even mind having a half-year long winter, as they loved the crispness of everwhite snow in the mornings, loved how fresh cold air tickled nose, loved sledding down enormous deer antlers barely managing to grip hands on them to not bite the ground. Funny little chaps just didn’t suspect that HE never was a giant deer, it’s THEM who were 1 inch tall.”
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SIR LIONEL SMITH"General Sir Lionel Thomas Smith was the best shooter in the British Army, a Latin buff, a loving and faithful husband and a proud father of four daughters — the most beautiful and bright young ladies in the whole Savannah, Georgia."

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MR FOX'S SILENT WALK
“Mr. Fox always preferred solitude. Not that he didn’t like people at all, he just didn’t like seeing them or talking to them. He liked to be left to his own thoughts. He was enjoying a cold pricking of the snowflakes on his hot nose and a crackling sound under his paws in a perfect silence, when it suddenly floated in his mind, ‘Could the silence love me as much as I love her? We would make a beautiful couple then.’ And this thought made him smile.”
Buy prints US$18+
SILENT NIGHT“This night was cold, still and silent. She wore black, and black always suited her. She looked extraordinarily young and pretty in the dim moonlight. Even a smattering of lustreless stars covering her marble face made her look yet more flawless and perfect. Though she usually prefered solitude, owls were her faithful friends, and their quiet rhythmed screech was the only sound breaking the ringing silence."
Buy prints US$15+
RABBIT MOON
“A 'Rabbit moon' is one of the names of full moon, due to the legends about a mythical rabbit that lives there, based on pareidolia that identifies the markings of the Moon as a rabbit."
Buy prints US$18
MISS PUMPKIN
"Miss Virginia Pumpkin was a mod and a fashion queen of Norton Finchgrove. Everytime she happened to stir abroad in a new sassy hat, in as little as half an hour all women of the village were already beleaguering "Mr Richardson & Sons′ Fancy Hat Emporium", 45 Pondergate street."
Buy prints US$15+
FLOWER RABBIT
“The butterfly rabbit (Sylvilagus papilionaceus), also known as flower rabbit or wild rose bunny, is the world's smallest mammal, weighing in at about 3 grams. The average butterfly rabbit is 2 inches in length, with an ear span of 1.5 inches. Their usual diet consists of mostly wild rose pollen and petals."
Buy prints US$18
TUXEDO
"Nothing would force Mr Peabody to wear his tuxedo, except the critical emergency. Like wedding, for instance. This time his own, unfortunately."
Buy prints US$15+
SIBLINGS“You'd never had guessed that Peter and Lizzy Robbins were siblings. They were like chalk and cheese. Peter — a real people person with lots of friends — seemed to know every boy under thirteen in their small slumberous town (he didn't care much about girls) and liked to be in on everything remotely interesting that happened here. Lizzy, on the contrary, was withdrawn and shy. Her best friends were books and..."
Buy prints US$18
TILDA“The incomparable beauty of Her Royal Highness Princess Tilda was famous far beyond the kingdom as well as her bad temper. No wonder, that her parents were so keen to marry her off to anyone who will take the trouble, that on her wedding day to Lars Jonsson, the owner of three groceries and one butcher shop, they looked more delighted and satisfied, than both bridal pair and parents of the groom. Which was..."
Buy prints US$18
BIRD OF PARADISE“With golden feathers covering her entire face and neck apart from emerald green domino, she was more beautiful and exotic, than it was socially acceptable. And like many truly beautiful things in life she was admired from a distance. Always a good acquaintance, but never a real friend. Always a muse, but never a sweetheart. And that was the tragedy of her life.”
Buy prints US$18+

When fairytale meets creativity

Evgeniya Vladykina — painter, owner, jack-of-all-trades
Hello! I'm Evgeniya — a face behind Foxy & Paper, happy wife and proud mama, designer, illustrator and, since recently, painter (yes, I did finally say it out loud!).

I studied at art school for 7 years, but I haven't painted for about 10 long years. Until March 2017. I desperately wanted to take brushes in my hands again, and when I finally painted my first picture "Mr. Fox's Silent Walk", the feeling was so great, that I just couldn't stop! In my art I love all things whimsical, magical and animal (foxes in particular — little beasts have a special place in my heart!). My paintings are a bit fairytale, a bit surrealistic and always have a story behind them. Not only the story I put in them while painting, but also the stories people can come up with just by looking at them.

So please take a sit, make yourself comfortable and let me guide you to this magic and intriguing new world of Foxy & Paper! I hope you'll find here something that will resonate with your own heart or at least bring a smile to your face!
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