RESUBMIT - I took a new photo, processed it properly this time, and accurately did justice to the darkness and colour balance of the original. So here you go! Baba Yaga
Baba Yaga has been reduced to a folklore figure, but sources strongly suggest that she was originally worshipped as a goddess; and that is certainly how I see her.
Those who have heard of Baba Yaga, know of her often as the antagonist in the story of 'Baba Yaga and Vasilissa the Brave.' They know of her flying around in a mortar, living in a home that spins on chicken legs (or a single leg, depending on the country). It is lesser known that she is associated heavily with animals like the pelican and the snake. As well as cats, geese and black hounds.
Not an easy goddess to work with by a long shot, and never one I would have consciously chosen to work with. But the truths she shows me, while they always make me feel older, enrich my life regardless.
27.5 x 39 centimetres on
cold-pressed illustrator's board
fineliner, pencil, watercolour pencil, acrylic, gouache