This is my first concentration piece for AP Art (my concentration: fairy tales). It's based on the Grimm version of The Girl Without Hands, which you can read here with annotations: [link]
One of the annotated notes gave me the inspiration for this picture.
Large apple tree: According to Frazer, in Germany and other parts of Europe there was a tradition of planting a tree at the birth of a child, the growth of the tree representing the growth of the child (682). The tree was "tended with special care" (682). In the story, the father does not show this special care for he is willing to trade the tree so quickly. In Switzerland, a pear tree was planted for a girl, an apple tree for a boy (Frazer 682) "and the people think that the child is then believed to grow with the tree" (Frazer 682).
That's why two branches on the tree appear to have been hacked off and are bleeding--they parallel the girl's arms/hands. My corny attempt at adding a "hidden meaning" to the picture.
The feathery thing over the girl is really bothering me because it doesn't look like what it's supposed to look like. Can you tell what it is?
Medium: Prismacolor pencils