“Little Briar Rose” from “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”

“Little Briar Rose”

AKA Sleeping Beauty. This was one of the first illustrations I did for this project. Sophie, my beautiful model, was so wonderful. She had to lie down at the top of these steps near downtown Jackson, while all the people in passing cars were wondering what the heck we were doing! People keep asking me where this picture was taken and when I say downtown Jackson they are so surprised! I wonder why? Haven’t they noticed the lush gardens that grow at this spot? LOL.

Anyway, like Cinderella, there are many, many versions of this story. And, like Cinderella, the original tale of Briar Rose is very different from the Disney-fied version we all know and love. I did not illustrate the original story because it is extremely dark, involving adultery, rape, and cannibalism. Surprising, isn’t it? If you are interested in reading the original Charles Perrault story in translation, you can find it here. I chose to stick to the more known variation by the Brothers Grimm.

My 12×12 book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire exhibition including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

 If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson on Oil Well Road, second floor, until May 31.

This image is the last in the series! I hope you have enjoyed the stories!

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