Sunday, May 17, 2009

WIZARD OF OZ: Wicked Witch of the West

I am now the proud owner of my own Wicked Witch of the West Arcanifact. It was a gift which I received for my 50th birthday and one that I will treasure forever. Inside the antique glass bottle are bristles from the broomstick of the Wicked Witch used to torment Dorothy, scorched by the fire with which she tried to burn the Scarecrow. These bristles are imbedded in red sand from the Witch's shattered hour glass, which counted down the moments left before Dorothy perished. The bottle is topped with burlap reminiscent of the Scarecrow's costume and sealed with black wax that has dripped down the bottle’s sides, sealing it forever. Atop the bottle is a tiny pewter flying monkey standing guard. A black satin ribbon is tied around the bottle like the one that encircles the Witch’s pointed hat. And finishing off the piece is a blue feather hand painted by Mr. Ryersson, plucked from the wing of a flying monkey. Finally, at the base of the bottle, sits a poppy pod that surely has the power to make the most Cowardly Lion curl up in a field and declare, "Come to think of it, forty winks wouldn't be bad."

This Arcanifact is truly a unique treasure that I am so happy to own and is an incredible addition to my extensive Wizard of Oz collection.

Tina Kirsimae (Oceanside, New York)

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Karswell said...

Amazing work of art. And ya know, it just occured to me that the guy behind the curtain posing as the Wizard is actually Scot Ryersson.

Hey, can you do that thing with the fangs and flames again?

Kitty LeClaw said...

Wow... this is so gorgeous! Excellent work, Scot, in capturing all the emotions associated with one of the most memorable scenes ever captured on film!