Witchcraft by WinonaCookie

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It used to be that every town and village had someone like Thalia, a woman living alone or perhaps with a child on the edge of the forest. Gathering her herbs by the light of the full moon, infusing her elixirs, brewing her tinctures, boiling her concoctions, she was indispensable to townfolk for her wisdom and her expertise in healing their ills, soothing their pains and easing their woes, and it was that necessity that made her dangerous. A person one needs is a frightening person indeed. Fortunately, no one came after Thalia with a pitchfork or trussed her up to a stake, but she was isolated and avoided and had only her owl and mouse for company, at least until pain stabbed through a man’s heart, or a woman’s baby refused to be born or until all the desire simply packed up and moved out of someone’s marriage. Then would come a midnight knock on her door, a gift of money, or embroidered cloth or simply a hen offered to her and Thalia would pack up her poultices, her tiny vials and her foul-smelling powders and set off to do what she did best, and gratitude and relief would pour forth from the healed – at least until the next time they saw Thalia at market.
Thalia’s closest secret is that she preferred this arrangement. She loved her tiny house tucked in the woods, the arcane mysteries of plants that unfurled before her, her familiars and her solitude. And of late a young woman often came calling, a girl with a spark Thalia immediately recognized and a talent for the art that they both delighted in uncovering.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2009. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

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 www.winonacookieillustration.com. Originals available – check www.winonacookie.etsy.com for availability.
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  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassover 5 years ago

    I raise a cup of foxglove tea to all those who practice the ancient and arcane arts {where would we be without them?} and a sip of magical absynthe’s sublime nectar as a followup to the tea. Ms Cookie… nobody does it better than thee. I always delight in the discovery of a new work from your creative mind in my overview folder and I always find a smile in your wondrous work… thank you ;-}

  • Aw, thanks, Wonderland – I always love hearing from you! clink Oof! That’s strong!

    – WinonaCookie

  • donnamalone
    donnamaloneover 5 years ago

    love her! what a woman!

  • Thanks, Donna :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • zoe trap
    zoe trapover 5 years ago

    sweet witchy-poo! she’s gorgeous

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 5 years ago

    Thanks, Zoe!

  • IWML
    IWMLover 5 years ago

    is this an old-school scissors-and-glue style collage???? if so, consider joining the group Steel Blades and the Power of Viscosity. It’s 100% dedicated to the lost art of RealWorld Collage.

    awesome work, by the way.

  • My collages are, in fact, of the Scissors n’ Glue persuasion. Thanks for the suggestion, I didn’t know about that group!

    – WinonaCookie

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithover 5 years ago


  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 5 years ago

    congrats on the feature, nice one

    TRASH RIOTalmost 5 years ago

    I am loving your works~

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