So this artwork is based on another Belarusian legend. I LOVE spooky legends lol.
This story took place in Minsk (quite close to my own place actually) in a city suburb called "Lošyca". There you can find a huge garden and a beautiful old house hidden deep in the garden. In the late 90-s of the XIX century the house was a property of Mr Lubanskij. He was a very active and ambitious person. Mr Lubanskij used to organize Minsk bike rides in his park, he also was a big fan of gardening and brought a great number of unique trees and flowers to decorate his garden from other countires of the world. When he was 37 years old, Mr Lubanskij married a beautiful woman, named Jadviha. He loved her very much and showered her with gifts. But Jadviha wasn't a faithful wife... During their marriage she had a lot of romances with other men. Once on Jadviha's birthday they threw a big party. Mr Lubanskij has lost a sight of his wife among the guests and went to look for her in the garden. There he found Jadviha in the arms of another man. It was a big drama, Mr Lubanskij was very upset, Jadviha run away and no one could find her... In the morning people had found a young woman dead on the river coast. The legend says Jadviha was ashamed of what she had done and drowned herself. Mr Lubanskij was crushed, he really was in love with his wife. He planted a big apricot tree in his garden in memory of Jadviha. Then he boarded up all windows of his house and left Minsk forever. The legend says that the ghost of Jadviha sometimes appears near that apricot tree... But the spooky part doesn't end here. There are some modern stories told by people who have seen Jadviha's ghost. The keeper of the garden says that couple years ago he met a ghost. It was a young lady in an old-fashioned dress and she looked very angry. Other people say that one day the ghost of a woman in white clothes hovered over the water in the middle of the river.
Well done One thing that would have added a little more "spooky" effect would have been if the brownish tones were more greyish, but that would have given a colder atmosphere.... Anyhow, me likes it either way!