The word Witch comes from "Wicca" which means "Wise One." Witches aren't mean and ugly, they are just smart and helpful.
I have been planning all year to paint a witch holding a duck, inspired by the paintings of *Will Bullas. However, my duck doesn't look a thing like Will's ducks. He certainly won't be threatened by the idea of me hijacking his duck style.
In fact, I think my duck looks more like a goose. I like the goose as an alternative to the proverbial black cat, which I tend to think is a symbol of bad luck. Geese, however, are symbolic of the home, and married life.
So this painting, titled Wilhelmina Witch (Wilhelmina means "will" and "protect" in old German), is about a wise, helpful woman who loves home and married life...and Halloween AND she looks good in her dress, stockings and black gloves.
- *Will Bullas and I will be at Art in the Park in Boise on Sept. Sept 6-8.