Babushkas - Royal Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia by © Helen Chierego

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#Russian Dolls#

Holly Ringland

I wonder if it wasmy painted curlsor lacquered lipsor maple skinthat firstgrabbed your attentionOr was it simplythe golden lureof getting close enoughto pull me apartto seewhat was insidethat kept youhoveringrunning your index fingerup my armSo you could learnthis versionand that versionof meDolly awakeDolly asleepDolly at playat lifeat lovehungryand wildfor wholesomefor wholeheartedwhollyDid you want to open meagainandagainand againjust to knowyou’d been able tojust to knowyou’d been the oneto see the smallest parts of meall the parts of meunraveledunpackedin a rowBecausethat’s what everyone wantssooneror laterto unpack meoverand againdesperate to knowwhat’s insidewhat’s underneaththe colourthe painted eyesthe glossneverreallywanting anything buttheir favourite piecesinstead of wantingto knowmewhole.

copyright © 2008, Holly Ringland


royal arcade, babushkas, decorative, dolls, matryoshki, retro, russian, urban, helen chierego

Helen Chierego is a traditional/digital artist who has adapted traditional art skills to new technology. Her preferred tools are Corel Painter, Photoshop; a stylus and graphics tablet. Helen takes on a limited number of portrait commissions each year. For enquiries regarding licensing images or commissions, she can be contacted via Bubblemail. All images in Helen Chierego’s portfolio are copyright protected and only available for authorized use.

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  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful image. they look very similar with japanese KOKESHI. wooden carved doll.

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoalmost 6 years ago

    Hidemi, I like the Kokeshi dolls too! Glad you like the image.

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanalmost 6 years ago

    oh how lovely !!

    I can’t wait until i can decorate my daughters room and have a gorgeous shelf with some russian dolls holding pride of place !

  • Nicole, those dolls are fascinating to adults and children alike, I’ts a wonderful shop in Royal Arcade, Melbourne. Gog and Magog are in the arcade too and are a must see for kids.(big kids like me too) lol xoxo

    – © Helen Chierego

  • Mayina
    Mayinaalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful image Helen!

  • Gwenda, thank you, I’m glad you like it!

    – © Helen Chierego

  • Alf Caruana
    Alf Caruanaalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work Helen! I’ve seen these dolls in that shop before.

  • WesternDreamer
    WesternDreameralmost 6 years ago

    What a wonderful find this is and such a lovely composition too… it’s so Victorian looking!

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • aglaia b
    aglaia balmost 6 years ago

    love this shop helen, your editing has given this a wonderful old fashioned feel! ;-) xox

  • PintaPinta
    PintaPintaalmost 6 years ago

    helen! i love this… i wrote a piece today called ‘Russian Dolls’ and in her comment on it, aglaia b, the beauty, directed me here… i love the treatment you’ve given this, it has such an old world feel to it, like i’m staring through the window of a magic vintage toy shop… beautiful work.

  • Holly, your poem ‘Russian Dolls’ and my image of Babushkas are a perfect match. How wonderful that they are now sitting side by side. Cheers Helen xox

    – © Helen Chierego

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    fantastic ,

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