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The Girl Without Hands by SeraphimKiss88 The Girl Without Hands by SeraphimKiss88
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. ;P

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
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mijelly Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
...are they wings?
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Yeah, they're supposed to be angel wings.
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mijelly Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Great! I guessed correctly! I thought they were either wings or tree branches (like the ones cut off the tree next to her).

The Girl Without Hands is a sad story. She waited that long for him...
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
But at least it had a happy ending. :aww:
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mijelly Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Yay for faith and happy endings!
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ShadowFalcon89 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
uh.. what is it? the feather thingy :O
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
It's supposed to be angel wings.
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ShadowFalcon89 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
oh :O okay ^_^
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Phoenix789 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
that's simply beautiful.
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SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Thanks! :aww:
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