In my last post, I introduced some of the Oz characters brought to life by the penstrokes of John R. Neill, illustrator. Most of the inhabitants of Oz are strange and many of them appear downright sinister–some of them could DEFINE sinister. But Neill has drawn some beautiful characters as well. Glinda, the good witch, is the lovely mom of Oz, taking care of business and solving problems. She has an unfortunate preference for hats that resemble the old cup-and-ball toys, but other than that seems sensible. Here she is:
Then there is Dorothy Gale, honorary princess, and Ozma, young fairy Queen of Oz.
And, finally, the three together…
So here we have the whimsical, not the frightening. But because scary is often fun, I will return to some of the more nightmarish images in the next post.