At the masquerade ball held at her favorite boite, La Grenouille Grincheuse (“The Grumpy Frog”), Mathilde d’Asperge contemplates giving in to temptation. Ah, the allure of the Green Fairy, who could resist? Surely the dashing Duke Throbbleton would see her home safely should she become…indisposed. He hadn’t seemed to mind last week, but then again, she was a bit fuzzy on the details. Just a small glass or two and she would be just in time for a midnight ride on the enthralling Royal Hippodrome, ballooning under a crescent moon as Paris lay glittering beneath her feet! You, of course, are most cordially invited to join her…

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassabout 6 years ago

    ‘absinthe makes the heart grow fonder…’ not original, of course , but so apropos… a harmless little drink that merely led to madness for those who overindulged, but isn’t that true of so many things……….. ? I want to thank you for your moments of temporary madness and truly inspired visions. Peace

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieabout 6 years ago

    You’re welcome!
    Absinthe ;-)

  • DearOphelia
    DearOpheliaabout 6 years ago

    this is easily my favourite, she’s so lovely. i love old old loveliness like this, i wish that it would just be old things instead of new, they’re so much prettier.


  • sterenborg
    sterenborgover 5 years ago


  • PQRibber
    PQRibberover 5 years ago

    nice work!

  • Poisonlolly
    Poisonlollyalmost 5 years ago

    Great work!

  • Moon Black
    Moon Blackover 4 years ago

    I imagine Ophelia in the twenties in this way…in an elegant party,her melancholy masked…it’s my personal interpretation.

  • It’s a good one!

    – WinonaCookie

  • Morpho  Pyrrou
    Morpho Pyrrouover 4 years ago

    Amazing idea and photo:)


  • steve2727
    steve2727about 4 years ago

    Great image!

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 4 years ago


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