Storytellers are messengers, carrying tales from place to place, and generation to generation.
The Crane Wife is a well known Japanese folktale. It begins as a story of love and caring, when a poor woodcutter saves the life of an injured Japanese crane. Good fortune follows, but he allows greed and pride to overcome compassion and thankfulness.
Thus, he is separated from what he holds dear.
I'm thankful that I was asked to illustrate this story early in career. The book includes a few images that are still among my favorites.
I didn't have time to do a new piece for Illustration Friday this week, so I'm putting up an older piece that illustrates a legend about the goddess Pele, from Hawaii. This is done traditionally, using watercolors.
The taunts from her sister only fueled Pele's anger.