The Month of Fear weekly art challenge is in full swing. I’ve been thoroughly impressed by all the beautiful artwork already created for the challenge by the many artists involved. Kristina Carroll, the founder of Month of Fear, put together a wonderful set of challenges:
- Villians (Oct 1-4) We’re going to start off celebrating our favorite villains (or antiheros)!
- Mirrors (Oct 5-11)Reflection, deception, spirits and secrets. Mirrors see and keep them all.
- Sabbath (Oct 12-18)Witches and devils.
- What Lies Beneath (Oct 19-25)Beneath the skin, beneath the ground, beneath the ______
- Danse Macabre (Oct 26-31) The Dance of Death unites us all.
I’m on a fairy tale roll for this challenge and have done two illustrations so far. I was hoping my schedule would allow me to do one every week, but my husband and I are in the process of relocating to Austin, Texas, which takes up quite a bit of time.
For this week’s Sabbath: Witches and Devils challenge I painted the Evil Queen from Snow White (pictured above). As a child I always thought she was one of the scariest witches, being a wicked stepmother trying to hurt her own stepdaughter.
For last week’s Mirror challenge I illustrated the Troll Mirror from H. C. Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. Reflected in the mirror is Kai after his heart has begun to freeze to ice.
The ‘Snow Queen’ story begins:
“There was a terribly bad troll, a troll of the very wickedest sort and, in fact, he was the devil himself. One day the devil was in a very good humor because he had just finished a mirror which had this peculiar power: everything good and beautiful that was reflected in it seemed to dwindle to almost nothing at all, while everything that was worthless and ugly became most conspicuous and even uglier than ever. In this mirror the loveliest landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the very best people became hideous, or stood on their heads and had no stomachs. Their faces were distorted beyond any recognition, and if a person had a freckle it was sure to spread until it covered both nose and mouth.” – H. C. Andersen