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La Befana by AbigailLarson La Befana by AbigailLarson
I spent November in my husband's hometown in the region of Liguria in Italy, and after hearing the local Yule stories of Befana, a witch-like spirit who delivers gifts to good children and lumps of coal to naughty ones, I felt inspired to create this illustration for the "Yuletide Monsters" group show back home in Richmond, Virginia! The original will be on display at the gallery throughout the month, and prints of this piece can be purchased here!

Ink, watercolor, and digital media
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SpiritZodiac Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
La Befana'a so cool! I wish she was more well known.  :(
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LaertethePudu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Student General Artist
awesome
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
I just want to leave comments on everything you draw telling you how much I love it.
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it!
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IsidoraN Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
cool
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BornFreak Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist
Yoo! I've never seen Befana as something this badass until now. Great job! As an italian person I can tell yuo you did an amazing job with her design!
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sunflower4ever Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art style is something to be admired greatly! I love this
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JWAPPEL Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
Nice. I'd say she's more sinister looking than needed, but then again, that is the point of your gallery.
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Samy-Consu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
Oh La Befana!!!!!! (^w^)b

Really cool this version of Befana!!!
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Tritanicus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Student General Artist
this is a good illustration!
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fuchskauz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
wow, she is so amazing! I love your Folklore and fairytale illustrations!
Would love to see the russian witch Baba Yaga in your Style
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Chartoons101 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
nyeh-nyeh-nyeh
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EMlux Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's exactly how I've always immagined her! Buona festa della Befana ;)
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LittleGoa-t Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Student General Artist
I'm BIG fan of your artwork darling! My great inspiration *smile hug*
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Goatcookie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
La Befana vien di Notte...
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geanera Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
...con le scarpe tutte rotte...
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LuxBlack Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you were here in Italy last month! And you have tasted some good old Italian folklore :D

"Befana" is also used as an insult to very ugly women XD Awesome art, as always!
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roby-boh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Professional
"La befana vien di notte con le scarpe tutte rotte, il vestito alla Romana, viva viva la Befana".. when I was a child my granmother used to sing me this nursery rhyme :)

Really nice rendition of her!
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FaGian Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2016
She is not a "witch", she is an ancient greek/roman goddess: Strenia, the goddess of the yearly cycle.
Young in Genuary ad old in december,
when she rejuvenates on new year's Eve

I know, I'm from Liguria too ;)
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kade32 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
I've never heard of this one. 
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
cool
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Where is this exhibit?
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s-0-d-a Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Student
hey! that's in my culture too!
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CohenSander Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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19Enigma80 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
Funny :D :D :D
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nati Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016   Traditional Artist
I hope you had a nice stay in Italy ❤ I love your Befana!
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Patron of the Italian Witches. the book "Aradia, Gospel of the Witches" speaks of her in some detail.
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bleedingnightingale Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
This makes me want to do my own research on Yule traditions and stories.
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SmudgeThistle Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist
I am part Italian and I was so excited to see that you had drawn Befana! :D I heard stories about her as a child.
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LollyLongland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, actually nowadays naughty children get coal made of sugar which can be either red or black and it taste horrible xD but maybe it's just me, some people love it! 
Anyway great job! as always :D
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MarcoPellino Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Nice! Is it nice Liguria? I live in Italy :D 
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I like Ligura very much! Genoa is one of my favorite cities in the region, but the natural beauty all along the coast is really stunning :)
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MarcoPellino Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I'm from south Italy and we have the same thing near Amalfi and Sorrento, honestly I haven't visited Liguria but I know that "Cinque terre" is amazing. Next time you should try visit "Costiera Amalfitana", you would fell in love with the panorama! :D :D 
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ei9 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
great stuff and history lesson by you Abigail my dear!
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