The December monthly contest on Projekt Ilustrace
was Spirit of the Forest
. At first I really didn't know what to do with it, but gradually an inspiration came and I got this idea. I love beech woods; there are some really beautiful ones not far from Prague, such as Křivoklátsko
or Voděrady Beechwood
, where I love to walk.
I've always liked this kind of blending human figure with other things in a somewhat surreal or dreamlike way. You may see her as some kind of forest fairy or spirit, or maybe a personification of the beech wood itself. In Czech I named the picture Bučina
, which literally means "beech forest" or "beech wood" but it is a feminine word (see grammatical gender
) so it sounds quite appropriate for this lady.