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Vilia by Erika .

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Vilia, O Vilia! the witch of the wood!
Would I not die for you, dear, if I could?
Vilia, O Vilia, my love and my bride,
Softly and sadly he sighed, “Vilia”

- from “The Merry Widow,” a love song titled “Vilia,” about a hunter who longs for the witch of the wood.

“The Vilia are the Slavic versions of nymphs, who live in meadows, ponds, oceans, trees, and clouds. They can appear as swans, horses, wolves, or beautiful women, naked or dressed with long flowing hair.” (wikipedia)

I believe I’ll have many more drawings exploring this theme. I love it.

pencil and colored pencil on manila paper

18″ × 12″


  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 2 years ago

    Oh gosh the gentle persuasion I see and feel here. The little bird nested on a tendril of her hair so speaks at peace with the moment me thinks….xxx

  • I love how you see and feel this Karen. That blackbird is an important aspect of this drawing, and I appreciate you pointing it out – I thank you so much xxx

    – Erika .

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 2 years ago

    What a graceful and delicately beautiful self portrait. So poetical and deeply inspiring. Love this work Erika. P.S. So good to have you back dear friend.

  • aww… you are lovely! I like how you said this is a self-portrait – it is in ways ;)
    I enjoy using my own self for creating characters, or expressing certain ideas, or feelings I have that highlight aspects of myself through characters. So yes, the Vilia I drew here is me, in ways. Thank you so much for being here Anthea. It’s good to reconnect with old friends such as yourself again xx

    – Erika .

  • evon ski
    evon skialmost 2 years ago

    how utterly lovely and peaceful . . love your mix of media here. I am Slavic descent and thoroughly enjoyed this piece on all levels!!

  • oh that’s amazing! I am so happy you were able to connect with this in such a personal way!
    are you much into Slavic mythology then? I not too well acquainted with it, but then again I’m interested in anything mythological – so I’m sure I’ll be exploring it.
    Means a lot you pointed out my use of media, I admire your drawing abilities x

    – Erika .

  • labaker
    labakeralmost 2 years ago

    Lovely work Erika :)

  • Hello Larry :)
    Thank you very much for taking a look.

    – Erika .

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 2 years ago

    what i like about this is the dreaming I sense beyond the image and how it is in tune to natural laws… beautiful. xoxo

  • ah! I think you’ve captured what I subconsciously felt in my mind!
    the dreaming in tune with natural laws… god, I love it so much.
    Those words stir a melody in me. Thank you, Cosimo! xoxo

    – Erika .

  • MardiGCalero
    MardiGCaleroalmost 2 years ago

    Very lovely work Erika.. !

  • Thank you so much Mardi!

    – Erika .

  • Michael Creese
    Michael Creesealmost 2 years ago

    I love how the foliage frames this portrait. Beautiful!

  • Thank you Michael! I am sorry for the late reply, your comment is still appreciated x

    – Erika .

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago


  • Thank you! I enjoyed drawing this one :)

    – Erika .

  • George Coombs
    George Coombs4 months ago

    Very lovely work Erika, I have a feel of gentleness in cration and the little bird,forme, speaks of thepresent moment, all that we can truly have and treasure is the present moment. Wonderful work

  • Thank you George! Yes, the little blackbird is special in this drawing, I like how it caught your attention and I enjoy your interpretation of it. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have been well, it’s good to hear from you too :)

    – Erika .

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