Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The Parsley Girl

This time of year can be a bit lonely here as I don't have as many visitors. I tend to lock myself up in the library and lose myself in the world of fairy tales. One of my all time favourite volumes is Italo Calvino's collection of Italian Folktales. It is a treasure trove of wonderful passionate tales.Here is my latest small deep edge painting inspired by one of these tales.

Prezzemolina(the parsley girl)is one of my favourites(and there are MANY!)Like Rapunzel; Prezzemolina's mother was ravaged by her cravings( and in this case; you can guess it was parsley)and she stole it from the fairies who lived nearby. 
Well you can guess who suffered for her mother's greediness...the baby girl was named Prezzemolina(as requested by the fairies)and taken by them when she became a young woman.The fairies(not the small winged variety)did not give Prezzemolina an easy time. They set her a series of seemingly impossible tasks.

She had to paint a coal shed milk white and paint on the walls all the birds of the world(in one day)Meme,the fairies cousin who had decided to pursue this young maiden,came to her rescue and using magic they finished the task.They then set her a more difficult task of getting a special box from Morgan le Fay; assuming she would fail and they could eat her!

Once again Meme came to her rescue and he told her how to defeat Morgan le Fay. This enraged the fairies and they decided to eat her anyway.They stupidly told Meme of their plan and of course he told Prezzemolina how to finally defeat them. They crept down into the cellar and blew out the candles that constantly burned there which were the fairies(and Morgan le Fay's)souls.
As you can guess Prezzemolina and Meme fell in love and lived happily ever after in Morgan le Fay's castle.I think Meme sounds rather lovely actually!love Gracie xx


NoodleBubble said...


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Gracie said...

Aww..thanks Lisa. That's really sweet of you!