Red Plum Blossoms, 2013. Ink and digital color.
To research for Theme Eleven I got a book on Japanese folktales from my local library. The story that really captured me is called Red Plum Blossoms, and it’s about a young girl who loves her plum tree so much she dies of grief when the tree withers. Later, she comes back as a snake, and her father has a vision of her floating away on a cloud, skin transformed into gold.
The only time I’ve spent in Japan is about four hours during layovers in an international flight and vicariously through this artwork. Draw stuff, see the world.