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I enjoy reading Fairy Tales.  There are so many artists who have been inspired to creating amazing pieces of work as a result of reading these stories.  I was going through images I have taken at art galleries during my travels when I found this painting called “Little Red Riding Hood” by Gustave Dore, 1862.

Red Riding Hood

The text read: “This painting is a more detailed rendition of one of the designs made by the great French illustrator Gustave Dore for the fairy tales of Charles Perrault (1628 – 1703), which were reprinted in Paris in 1862.  Here Dore has illustrated Perraults’ original Little Red Riding Hood of 1697 – rather than the later, sanitized versions – and depicts the story’s penultimate moment, just before the triumphant, and satiated, wolf bites off Little Read Riding Hood’s head.  Terror was often a key component in fairy tales which also had a moralizing element or subtext.  Romantic artists were drawn to the darker aspects of tales written for children.”

“My how big your teeth are Grandma”…and then he chomps off her head…no woodsman coming to save this Little Red Riding Hood in this early version of the tale.  I wonder if the kids in the 17th century had nightmares.  🙂

I thought I would see if any artists here and now are still being inspired by the folk tale of Little Red Riding Hood.  Well indeed there are many renditions of Red still being painted and illustrated.   Over the past 300 + years these folk tales have been a source of inspiration for artists.  01.28.16 Red Riding Hood Paintings

I spent all day yesterday at the computer.  I started at 9 am and didn’t finish until after 1 am. The bulk of what I did yesterday was  I prepare for 5 classes which took most of the day.  This week and next week are the busiest for teaching. Then it starts to come to an end, which will leave me only teaching once a week.  I am having a blast.  I really enjoy the students and the whole process.  Tonight is the 3rd session of Watercolour 1 with the 4th (and final) session on Saturday.

Thanks for dropping by.  See you again on Monday. Have a great weekend.

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