Sunday, October 3, 2010

De' Witch Woman.

Hello, Sunday guests of the ol' S&P.

I imagine the pub talk has recently turned to all things Octobery-sweet and spooky!

I hop in and out of the place, of course, especially during the Hallowe'en makin' time, but you all know that by now.

I wanted to show you something my uncle is building for his own haunted display (and hopefully he and I will combine displays for Hallowe'en 2011, stay tuned!).

As I mentioned in a very early post, Uncle Bill has been a Hallowe'en fanatic and haunter for a long, long time, and he and I have for decades been kindred spirits when it comes to our favorite time of year.

Okay, go back to this post and recall James Lewicki's incredible 'Witch Woman' painting that scared and delighted us kids...

Uncle Bill's bringing it to life.

Not nearly finished and it's already stunning. The spinning wheel's whirling colors, the ol' boo hag herself cackling and creaking, even the man's foot on the bed to the lower right honor the details of Lewicki's amazing image. Compare the two; as ever, clicking will bring up a larger version of the image.

Sensational. Can't wait to see it finished.

Bet you can't either.

"Turn and spin, come off skin..."



  1. That's excellent. Many of Lewicki's illustrations from the Life Treasury of American Folklore scared me as a kid, but this one really gave me the willies.