: , 1992. Item #03993
A Sweet, Beautifully Framed Children's Watercolor
KELLY, Becky, artist. "Fairies Dancing Round A Cake". [n.p., ca. 1992].
Original watercolor illustration, painted on watercolor stock with ink line work, signed "B. Kelly" on lower right-hand corner.
Image size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 88 x 140 mm.) Beautifully matted, framed and glazed. (Frame size 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches; 241 x 290 mm.).
Depicting six sweet fairy children and a little bear dancing around cake, this illustration was originally painted for a teacup design. A similar computerized version was created for a design for Marcel Schurman, for greeting cards, birthday cards and thank you notes. Additionally, a version of this illustration was licensed in several gift books and calendars by Andrews McMeel Universal. Beautifully framed with a light green printed mat.
Rebecca Kelly, who publishes under Becky Kelly, is an American watercolor illustrator of over forty books, greeting cards, calendars and children's and baby's products. She was raised in West Virginia and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Becky Kelly began experimenting with watercolor painting in grade school and often accompanied her father, an architect and painter, on painting trips to the countryside. She won many local art competitions in high school and went on to study painting, illustration, and design at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduating, Kelly accepted a position as an illustrator at Hallmark Cards, leaving in 1992 to pursue freelance illustration. Due to her work's popularity, Hallmark eventually built an entire line of greeting cards and gift-related products under the product line 'Spoonful of Stars by Becky Kelly'. In 2001, she formed Becky Kelly Studios, launching her own line of licensed greeting cards and paper products, published under companies including Marcel Schurman's Papyrus division, Antioch Publishing and Peaceable Kingdom Press.
Over the years she has been a frequent contributor to award-winning children's magazines such as Ladybug magazine, Spider (magazine), Cricket (magazine), and Weekly Reader. She has also worked with educational publishers Scholastic, D.C. Heath, Grolier, and Brown, among others. Kelly has often worked with writer Patrick Regan to create popular gift books published by Andrews McMeel Publishing that are consistently available at major retailers such as Borders Bookstores in the US, Indigo Books in Canada, and Amazon.com.
Kelly's illustrations often feature children enjoying nature in idyllic, fantasy-touched settings, such as a child sitting on a moon and child fairies engaging with animals. She frequently employs a soft color palette to create gently rich scenes that distinguish her unique style. A recurring theme in her work are the family relationships and friendships in a child's life. "Becky Kelly creates a world seemingly suspended in time: a world where children dangle their toes in clear running streams; best friends giggle and daydream in the comfortable crook of an ancient tree; and ethereal fairies doze on dew-dappled leaves." (Mary Engelbreit, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine, 1998, Feb/March Issue.)
Awards and honors:
2009 Gold Seal Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award, for Garden Fairies In-A-Box - PKPress
2007 Toy of the Year Award, Creative Child Magazine, for Secret Keeper Box - PK Press
2007 Gold Medal Winner, Best Illustrator, Independent Publisher Book Award IPPY Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, for Heavenly Skies and Lullabies: Illustrated Songbook & CD, Kathy Reilly Fallon (Author), Frank Pellegrino (Author), Becky Kelly (Illustrator)
2007 Bronze Medal, Book with Music/Theatrical, Independent Publisher Book Award IPPY Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, for Heavenly Skies and Lullabies: Illustrated Songbook & CD, Kathy Reilly Fallon (Author), Frank Pellegrino (Author), Becky Kelly (Illustrator)
2007 Honorable Mention, Children's, New York Book Festival Award, for Heavenly Skies and Lullabies: Illustrated Songbook & CD, Kathy Reilly Fallon (Author), Frank Pellegrino (Author), Becky Kelly (Illustrator)
2006 Gold Medal Winner, Illustration, DragonPencil award, for Heavenly Skies and Lullabies: Illustrated Songbook & CD, Kathy Reilly Fallon (Author), Frank Pellegrino (Author), Becky Kelly (Illustrator)
2004 Selected as "One of 50 Most Noted West Virginians in the Arts" for the book "Art & Soul: West Virginians in the Arts", 2005, Appalachian Education Initiative. ISBN 978-0-9767021-0-8
1996 Distinguished Achievement Award, Association of Educational Publishers Awards
2009–2014 Webbs Gallery, London, England.