Some times fan art achieves something remarkable. It can both capture the essence of a favorite movie while still keeping a strong individual style. When essence and style are perfectly mated fan art can come close to true art-- showing the world we see in a truly new way.
That is what happens in the Studio Ghibli paintings of Penelope Paws. It takes something already rendered beautifully and magically and gives it a whole new essence.
One prime example is Paw's Kiki's Delivery Service watercolor painting. Not only does it echo witch rides at night and that famous bike against the moon shot from E.T., but paints the ride as the ultimate expression of childhood imagination. The painting flows from outer to inner space, the exact opposite of the traditional witch ride (and E.T.) which nods to another not "seeable" but still emotionally tangible future. Instead Paw's is painting a journey back to the source of all that is magical and childlike.
Enjoy discovering the magical essences of her other water colors.