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Extracted from my artwork Painted Roses for Wonderland’s Heartless Queen

- Featured in The iPhone Zone group, March 7, 2013

Inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. Digital painting in Photoshop, pen tool for a few objects, then some added textures, a little bit of warping and blending. All original art, not altered photographs, and textures are my own. Copyright 2011 Audra D. Lemke (a.k.a. ArtByAud)

At the Queen of Hearts’ garden, Alice met three card gardeners (Five, Two, and Seven of Spades) who curiously were painting white roses red. They had planted a white rose-tree instead of a red one, as expected by the Queen, and feared that she would cry “off with your heads!” A thorny dilemma…

Shortly afterwards, the Queen of Hearts arrived with her procession, including the White Rabbit. A croquet game is started, and the Cheshire Cat’s head appeared above Alice.

In this interpretation of the garden scene, the Queen of Hearts’s wrath destroys card after card and leaves a trail of ghostly suits – clubs (soldiers), diamonds (courtiers), and spades (gardeners), but sparing the royal children (hearts)…almost a deck of souls? In the book, Alice saves the three gardeners, but here the Queen sends ghostly 5, 2, and 7 of Spades billowing away. The Cheshire Cat appears in the sky grin first, and remains hovering, partially transparent. The White Rabbit stays by the Queen as her herald.


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I enjoy creating artwork in a range of styles, from realistic drawings in pencil to colorful, whimsical digital art.

My gallery images copyright © Audra D. Lemke (ArtByAud or Audra D. Sugerman). All rights reserved. Images may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded, in whole or in part in any form, without my prior written permission.

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  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago


    great work .. many congrats on the feature

  • Thank you so much for the feature!

    – Audra Lemke

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