Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Green Man Awakes

My latest set of paintings, with the theme of the Green Man, will be exhibited in Columbus, Texas this September, at the Live Oak Art Center.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Norwegian Folk Tales


A captured princess with the sleeping troll




The Seven Swans










The Goose Girl

Brigid

The ancient Irish Goddess Brigid ruled over smith craft, healing, poetry and whistling. She had an ever burning sacred fire, and the sisters of a later St. Brigid still tend that same fire along with her holy well. She was queen of heaven, her symbol, the holy dove.

This illustration is painted and embroidered fabric.

Celtic Tale of Finn MacCool and Sava


Finn was a great hero of Celtic tales. He came to protect an enchanted fairy maiden from an evil Sorcerer who had changed her into a fawn. When Sava was with Finn, the Sorcerer had no power over her. Finn fell in love with Sava and they were married. Their child, Oison, became a brave champion as well as a poet and story teller.

Flying Children

Peter Pan, the lost boy who never grew up. Dream land, Never-Never land, the place even grown-ups go in their sleep and fantasies.

Selkie

The Selkie race live as seals, but can be transformed into humans by taking off their seal coats. They often married and had children with humans if their coat was taken or lost, but if it was ever found again, the temptation to return to the sea would be too great and they would abandon their human family to return to their home.

Mothers


Mother and child, an archetypal image. So many mother/child figures in myth, folk and fairy tale. Creation stories, tales of heroes and heroines. Persephone and Demeter, Mary and Jesus, Isis and Horus. Even tales of mothers caring for their children after they are dead and buried, as in Cinderella who's mother speaks to her through a tree, or Snow White who is protected by the handkerchief containing three drops of her mothers blood.