You've Forgotten the Dryads Picture

When I was nine my mother bought me a book. It depicted all of the mythical creatures in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles. The ones that captured my imagination were the Dryads. They were always dancing, half women half trees. In my opinion, they are a fascinating bit of folklore.

This piece was inspired (oddly enough) by the pastures here in Texas. We have a good bit of forestry here, but each year a large chunk of it gets cut down for another mall strip. Down the road from my neighborhood there is a giant cow pasture that has few trees and one lone, dead grey tree. I’ve always wondered what has kept that tree standing for so long, and if it’s lonely.

“In Greek mythology, the dryads are female spirits of nature (nymphs), who preside over the groves and forests. Each one is born with a certain tree over which she watches. A dryad either lives in a tree, in which case she is called a hamadryad, or close to it. The lives of the dryads are connected with that of the trees; should the tree perish, then she dies with it. If this is caused by a mortal, the gods will punish him for that deed. The dryads themselves will also punish any thoughtless mortal who would somehow injure the trees.” - Encyclopedia Mythica

Phew, I have never second guessed myself so much on a deviation! I’ve been working on this for a while for =Behana’s Forgotten Folklore contest. I’ve spent so long looking through countless stock. For a while a threw out the idea for a Dryad because the Stock Gods refused to let me find anything I could use. Then I found this amazing woman who takes brilliant full body stock, so I decided it was a sign.

Stock Used:
Texture: [link]
Dryad: [link]
Part of the tree: [link]
Twister: [link]
Field: [link]
Nest: [link]
Bird: [link]
Grass: [link]
The rest from sxc!

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