La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)

Ok, I just submitted my two versions of La Llorona to the State Fair Hispanic Art Center. It's a juried show and luckily they were both accepted!The originals will be ready for purchase during the 2008 State Fair in the Hispanic Art Center. September 5-21 2008

I have two La Lloronas and I'll tell you why. There is La Llorona Joven (young version) & La Llorona Vieja (old version).

This one is La Llorona Vieja (My version). When I was young my Mother & Grandmother would tell stories about the woman who drowned her children in the river and spent the rest of her life searching for them. In my mind I pictured her searching till she was very old. And after she died her spirit looked like an old woman who you would feel sorry for. But, if you ever approached her to ask if she was ok, she would GRAB YOU and throw you in the river and drown you!

Oweee Scary!!

Ok now onto La Llorona Joven the young version. I painted her because my best friend said, "that’s not how I picture La Llorona." I thought, "WHAT?" I just assumed that everyone pictured her that way! But she's a researcher and a reader! (cuidado) lol. So she told me the original story, (not the one in my head jajaja..) if you look it up, the story is about a widow who wished to marry a rich man. But, the man did not want to raise another man's children so he rejected her. She was determined to have this man for her own, so she went down to the river and drowned her children to be free of them. When she told the man what she had done, he was horrified and would have nothing more to do with her. She was sickened by the terrible crime she had committed and went to the river, looking for her children. But they were gone. She drowned herself and her spirit was condemned to wander the rivers & ditches, crying as she searched for her children until the end of time.There are so many versions out there and every story that I have read thus far has been very interesting. I love these two paintings they remind me of stories when I was a little girl and all you had to worry about was La Llorona! Do you have a different version or do you picture her different from these depictions? Do tell.....


Carolyn said...

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catboxartstudio said...

WooHoo!!!Welcome to blogland! If I can do it, you can do it too (I'm not much of a writer either, but, I somehow manage). Anyway, WELCOME, and I'm going to add you to my daily list of reads. Since I've been away for the last week, I really should do something about mine. By the way, good start to your blog - I like!!

Carolyn said...

Gracias catboxartstudio! Ohhh and thanks for adding me to your daily list of reads.

La Traductora said...

The Mother of All Taboos--that of a mother killing her own children. Unfortunately, what was once an improbable horror story, has become more and more commonplace in a world where neither children or women nor motherhood are held in the high esteem which they deserve. Is La Llorona Evil Incarnate? It is hard to say, but I think not. She is a tragic and heartbreaking figure--a person who is defined by an action from which she will never recover.
PS: I too picture her as a young woman.

La Chingona