Sybilline Beau Fesse was, by all accounts, the most genteel of young ladies. Extraordinarily well-heeled, she was from one of the finest old French families and was educated at a series of exclusive Swiss finishing schools, making her a most appropriate match for the dignified Prime Minister Bouche of Belgium. Or at least that was the case until the fateful afternoon that a certain French ambassador mischievously pulled a bottle of absinthe out of his diplomatic pouch and mixed her up a little apertif. From that day forward, at precisely 5:00 pm, Sybilline would knock back a few glasses of the stuff in lieu of tea, slip out of her staid frock and belt out several verses of La Marseillaise while strutting around the Prime Minister’s salon in the altogether. While the Prime Minister was decidedly Not Amused, Sybilline’s antics greatly endeared her to the constituency, for rather obvious reasons, although they certainly would have preferred a Belgian anthem.

This 4” x 6” x 3/4” original collage depicts Sybilline disporting herself charmingly on the Prime Minister’s sofa, a cut-crystal decanter of her favorite beverage nearby. Constructed on a stretched canvas with handcut vintage images, the collage is embellished with Dresden trim, a green gem, a small brass fleur de lis and is edged with a moss satin ribbon dripping with beguiling green and gold beading. Invite Sybilline over for a cocktail – you won’t regret it.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2010. 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 Originals available – check for availability.
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  • PQRibber
    PQRibberalmost 5 years ago

  • Cary McAulay
    Cary McAulayalmost 5 years ago

    a Beauty !!

  • IWML
    IWMLalmost 5 years ago

    ooh la la!

  • nannamanson
    nannamansonalmost 5 years ago

    love the hell out of this one. Just bought a bottle of Lucid Absinthe and dying to try it but haven’t yet. Hopefully, I will not do as Sybilline!! Are all of these stories really from your mind? If so, it’s incredibly creative in there!!!!!

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookiealmost 5 years ago

    Thanks, everyone. And nanna, I’m sure everyone is hoping that you DO ;-). Let us know how you like it! The stories do come from my mind, when they are good and ready.

  • Mynybee
    Mynybeealmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Myn!

    – WinonaCookie

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 5 years ago

    This is really terrific!!!! A tremendous creation!!!!, Bill

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookiealmost 5 years ago


  • Zeb Shaffer
    Zeb Shafferover 4 years ago


  • JustWatching
    JustWatchingover 4 years ago

    Nice work!

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