I Know An Old Lady

I Know An Old LadyI recently entered this drawing in a local juried art show. Sadly, it wasn’t accepted, but it was fun to create none-the-less.

The drawing is based on the cumulative children’s song There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, also known as I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, and I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.

It begins:

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly,
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she’ll die.

I know an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she’ll die.

She goes on to swallow a bird, cat, dog, goat, cow and horse.

At the bottom of this drawing you can see the old woman’s head tilted back, her mouth wide open and her tongue sticking out, waiting to accept her deadly feast. Her big nose is visible too but her eyes are outside the frame.

The large mass at the top is a horse’s head. Inside the horse’s head is an entire cow, set at an angle. Inside the cow is the goat. Inside the goat a dog, then a cat, bird and spider.

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