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Canterbury UK artist McInnes brings a certain 16th-17th century sense of mixed magic and inquiry to a cast of animal and insect players. Many scenes are, like this one, adapted from classic works of art history, yet make sense all on their own too. (I can't help but appreciate anyone who lists their preferred materials as "Paint and dreams".) A trip to McInnes' Etsy shop, The Litus Gallery, opens a door to a world as gentle and stately as a Watteau or a Gainsborough, in which bumblebees skip rope, foxes doff their tricorne hats in the face of nature's power, and hedgehogs iceskate on old-style curly blades with a cornucopia of Christmas gifts. This is delightful, heart-filling work for those of us who do look for both reason and magic in our days.