"Hush Little Baby , Don't You Cry", (The Imaginary Kingdom Series))

Anna Shaw

Westgate on Sea, United Kingdom

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“Hush little baby, don’t you cry…”

The Imaginary Kingdom series

We have been discussing the difficult issue of domestic abuse – and abuse of children, in our group Pink Panther Magazine

I used to work with abused children and families, work which touched me at the core of my being. Abused children will often try and hide themselves in an imaginary world, where they are safe. This series, reflects this concept.

Here, the young girl is in her imaginary kingdom. It is twilight, time for sleep. She is protected by the lion, symbolising the good Daddy. However, she cannot quite shake off the sense of danger and fear, symbolised by the crow.

The image was inspired by the wonderful and heart-rending poem by DiLuisa

Shhh Little Girl, Don’t Cry

Shhh little girl, don’t cry
Cover your ears and block out the sounds,
Of Mamma’s screams and Papa`’s shouts.
It’ll be over soon. Go back to sleep.

Dear Jesus, Now I lay me down to sleep….

Shhh little girl, don’t cry
Mamma won’t let him in, as he kicks open your door,
Don’t look at the glass and the blood on the floor.
Just cover your eyes. Try to forget.

I pray the Lord my soul to keep….

Shhh little girl, don’t cry
As his car drives out in the black of night,
Let Mamma sleep in here tonight.
She needs you to hold her. Wipe away her tears.

If I die, before I wake…..

Shhh little girl, don’t cry
It’s time to grow up, tomorrow you’ll be 5,
And Mamma needs you close to keep her alive.
You’re a big girl now. No more crying.

I pray the Lord my soul to take.
© DiLuisa
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Created in CS4.
Multi layers for the background and individual components added and blended in. Final glazing painted on with brushes from the Photoshop media collection (low opacity) using the Wacom tablet.
Stock:
Background 1
“Background 2” Cloud texture from my own stock.
“Background 3” Book texture from my own stock.
“Background 4” http://annashaw.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d10...
Lion
Girl
Tree

The other image in the series is
Place of Safety

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