Description I've been working off and on on this painting since early December. It was an attack painting that hit me as I was reading Ghosts and the Japanese: Cultural Experience in Japanese Death Legends by Michiko Iwasaka and Barre Toelken in an attempt to get inspiration for my Yuletide story. The book is full of reproductions of ghosts painted on scrolls, and when I saw one of a bloody ghost holding a baby standing in a waterfall, the image wouldn't leave me. It also wanted to be painted in a Chinese novel style, or at least as close as I could fake it, so I had to work that out, too. XD At any rate, what we have here is a sort of wuxia-flavored version of a Japanese story. The story, by Encho, is Kaidan chibiusa enoki, which has been filmed a couple of times although I haven't seen it. The basic story, which I've gathered from the intartubes, is that Utagawa Shigesumi, a painter, is killed by a ronin who's taken a fancy to his wife. Utagawa's ghost comes back and wreaks vengeance upon the ronin, and saves his infant son, who was thrown over a waterfall.
Stephanie Folse, Fort Worth Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement My day job is a librarian in an academic library, but I enjoy photography and making art. I went to Japan in 2007, and you can see some of the results of that trip in my Japan2007 gallery. Enjoy!