Saturday, 30 September 2006

Listening for Baba Yaga

The inspiration for this came from a Russian folk tale which few people outside Russia - it seems - know about. Baba Yaga is a witch who travels around in a mortar and pestle (no broomstick for her!) and lives in a hut which runs around the forest on chicken legs.
This piece shows Vasilissa stopping as she flees from the witch to listen for signs of her approach.

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  1. Oh, yes, she crops up in "Women Who Run with the Wolves" by Estes and is a great character, isn't she? You can't beat folk tales for inspiration, can you?

    Kari x

  2. I love love love that background. Yup I do.

  3. Wow, Fran, The Storybook Muse is sure with you these days! Your illustrations just get better and better! I didn't see how you could draw a more stunning face than the Snow Queen's, but this girl's face is just tooo beautiful... plus it's an exquisite composition - LOVE it!! Anna xx