Monday, March 20, 2017

Anniversary!

So my Patreon is a year old now, and just look at all the Goddesses I painted over that year! Wow:



Thank you to all my patrons: your encouragement and support mean a lot to me, and have really helped. Thank you!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Medb


New art of Medb, an Irish Goddess of sovereignty, fertility, sexuality, independence, vitality, and strength. She's probably best known as Queen Medb of Connacht, who features in the Táin Bó Cuailnge, the Cattle Raid of Cooley; but She is originally a Goddess proper. There is another legendary (non-Goddess) Medb, also related, Medb Lethderg, Queen of Leinster, who took to husband (?) nine successive Kings of Ireland. A sovereignty Goddess represents the land and the right of the land to have a worthy ruler; in Irish legend, at least, the King and the land are symbolically bonded, hence Medb Lethderg's nine royal husbands, and Medb of Connacht's famous sexual independence and prowess, as she will not have an unworthy man in her bed.

In the Táin Medb is described as having a pet squirrel and golden bird, which hearkens back to Her role as Goddess of the land and its living creatures; I've put them on Her dress in a sort of La Tène-ish style that is hopefully writhing with vitality. Her name means 'Intoxicating', and is related to the English word 'mead'; She offers (or is thinking about offering) a golden cup of mead; I've also made Her hair the color of mead.

It's in acrylic, and let me tell you this piece had a mind of its own, all the way from the sketches to the finish. Which is unsurprising, really. She was done as one of the monthly Goddesses by Request over on my Patreon, where I went into some detail about Her strong will, ha.

I've put Her up on prints and cards as usual, if you've a hankering.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bat


New art of Bat, a very old ancient Egyptian cow Goddess. She's the Goddess of the sixth nome of Upper Egypt, and likely dates back to Predynastic times, as that's probably Her on the Narmer Palette, a votive cosmetic palette that depicts the early King Narmer uniting the two lands. She may also be depicted on the Gerzeh Palette, which shows a stylized cow with stars on the tips of her horns and ears, with another on the forehead. The Egyptians associated cows with the stars and night sky, either because the spots reminded them of the stars (leopards, with their spots, were also associated with the starry sky in Egyptian thought) or because cows have a star-like whorl of hair on their foreheads.

Bat is closely aligned with Hathor, another cow and sky Goddess, and in time Her worship was merged with that of Hathor. She may have origins in a different type of early cow, though, as Her horns are a different shape and curve inwards.

Bat's name is from one of the Egyptian words for soul, the ba, with the feminine ending -t.

This piece is done digitally, in the style of an Art Deco poster; since that art movement was heavily influenced by ancient Egyptian art anyway (as Tutankhamun's tomb created quite a sensation when discovered in 1922) I thought it was appropriate. I kept the palette quite limited, in the style of a lithograph; I used a version of the old Egyptian color scheme (familiar from the jewelry) of dark blue (lapis lazuli), red (carnelian), and gold, though I left out the turquoise.

She's available on both prints (through deviantArt) and cards (through Zazzle).

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Greeting Cards Up!

After a good deal of hair pulling and a stupid amount of patience, I've finally got my artwork up on greeting cards at Zazzle. That includes art from the World Goddess Oracle, the series of Gods I did a while back, and all the miscellaneous Goddess art I've done and have been doing lately through my Patreon. The price goes down if you buy ten or more, and you can mix and match as you please.

Amaunet


New art of Amaunet, the ancient Egyptian Goddess of air or hidden power. Her name means 'the Invisible One' or 'the Hidden One', and She is one of the eight Deities of the Hermopolitan Ogdoad credited with creating the world out of the primeval ocean. In one version, anyway, of the Egyptian creation myth; there were several competing tales, of course. The Hermopolitan Ogdoad were four male-female pairs of Deities; Amaunet's consort was Amun. The Goddesses of the Ogdoad were generally depicted with the heads of snakes, while the Gods were shown with frogs' heads; both animals were considered primeval. I have given Her a snaky body here; She is meant to be half-hidden in the depths of the ocean.

The original is quite small, only two by four inches; it's in colored India inks using white gouache as a resist, a tricky medium I've been experimenting with over on my Patreon. I was going for an Art Deco feel, but I'm not sure I quite got there, ha.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Facebook Art Page

I went and made a facebook artist's page, here. Come 'like' or 'follow' it and get updates on new art and what I'm up to with my various business-type endeavors.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pandia and Brizo

The next two in the series; this brings the total up to eleven little Greek Goddess paintings, out of twenty-four, one for each letter of the Greek alphabet. One more and I'll be half done!

The first is Pandia (Πανδια). She's the daughter of the Moon Goddess Selene and Zeus, and a Goddess of light (perhaps of the full moon, specifically). Her name means either 'All Bright' or 'All Divine'.


The most recent one is Brizo (Βριζω). She's a Sea Goddess who protects fishermen and seafarers, and She was especially worshiped on the island of Delos. She was said to give prophetic dreams.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ārohirohi


New art of Ārohirohi, the Maori (New Zealand) Goddess of mirages and illusions. She is credited with creating the first woman, Mārikoriko, whose name means 'Twilight'.

I've done it in colored India inks, like the recent little Greek Goddess paintings; I've given Her hair in waves like heat, with the Fata Morgana behind Her. The Fata Morgana is an illusion or mirage formed by light bending through layers of differently heated air making objects such as ships or coastlines which are below the horizon appear above the horizon. She is wearing traditional Maori clothing and earrings and has an appropriate chin tattoo.

She was done as the Goddess by Request for November over on my Patreon. Rewards start at just a dollar a month, with different tiers receiving different rewards; for example for just three dollars a month you can tell me what to paint! I am also still taking commissions for Goddess art.

Iris


Another one of the small ('smol') ink paintings of the Greek Goddesses. I'm aiming to do one for every letter of the Greek alphabet; I think they'd all look good gathered together on a poster. Or individually on cards. There's something very satisfying about the compositions of these little things.

This one is Iris, the Goddess of the rainbow Who is also messenger of the Gods, especially of Queen Hera. She's portrayed as fleet-footed and winged; I've given Her stormcloud hair, raindrop earrings and a rainbow for a headband.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Achvizr


This is new work of Achvizr, an Etruscan Goddess or personification of some positive quality. She is depicted on several engraved mirrors, and is often found in the company of Turan, the Goddess of love. The first part of Her name may be related to an Etruscan word for 'Doctor', and She may have a connection with healing or health. Accordingly I have put Her in the colors associated in modern times with doctors and the medical profession (and gave Her blood-drop earrings and pendants).

The original is in colored india inks, using white gouache as a resist, which has been all washed off. Basically the technique is to paint the gouache where the outlines don't go, so that the outlines end up being negative space, which gives them the quality of line work found in say a wood cut or linoleum block print. It's definitely been a learning curve with this technique (the first time I tried it I scrubbed the gouache off too forcefully and took off much of the ink itself, while ruining the surface of the paper!) but I think I may (fingers crossed!) have gotten the hang of it, somewhat. Anyway I'm really very pleased with the result this time.

I've put this up on prints at my deviantArt site as usual, here. I mean, not that anyone besides (Etruscologist) Nancy T. de Grummond and me (and now you) have even heard of Her!

More Li'l Greek Goddesses

I'm aiming to do the complete Greek alphabet of twenty-four letters, but for now, here are the new ones:


Psykhe or Psyche (Ψυχη), the Goddess or personification of the Soul, beloved of Eros.


Elpis (Ελπις), the Goddess of hope.


Khione (Χιονη), the Goddess of Snow, Whose father was Boreas, the North Wind.


Lethe (Ληθη), Goddess of Oblivion.


And Metis (Μητις), the Goddess of wisdom and cunning, the mother of Athena. I gave Her Her daughter's blue eyes.

They're all in colored india inks and are very small, only an inch and a half wide.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nantosuelta


This is new art of Nantosuelta, a continental Celtic Goddess, Whose distinctive attribute is a little house (or temple) on a pole. That's been taken to mean She's a Goddess of happy domesticity; She can also be shown with apples (or other fruit or perhaps loaves of bread) or something that might be a beehive, so that does sound about right. Her name means either 'Meandering Stream' or 'Sunlit Valley', though given She is not usually shown with watery imagery I'm guessing the latter is more likely. Though who knows; that's just going by the depictions of Her that have survived the ages, of necessity an incomplete picture.

She is also quite often shown with a raven, which gives Her a darker aspect, as the raven is as far as I know always a symbol of death (or battle) in Celtic thought.

She was associated with the Celtic hammer-God Sucellos, and was his cult-partner (or one of them, depending on the region). He was Himself heavily associated with the wine harvest (and the center of Their worship was the wine-growing regions of France and Germany, especially the Moselle River valley); I thought an autumnal harvest scene was appropriate, with a burgundy-colored shawl to make reference to wine.

It's in acrylics and is something like ten inches tall; I've put it up on deviantArt as a print as usual if anyone's so inclined.

Done for the October Goddess by Request over on my Patreon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gorgyra


Another little ink piece using the brush for linework; this is Gorgyra, a Greek Underworld nymph. Her name means 'Drain', according to Aaron over at Theoi.com, but I wonder if it might be more like 'Rushing Whirlpool' or somesuch. Not that I know Greek, but 'gyre' comes from the Greek and means 'whirlpool', while there are a whole bunch of words in modern Greek that start with gorgo- or similar and refer to speed. Just a guess. At any rate it's more poetic than 'Drain'!

She was the wife of Akheron, the God of the Underworld river of the same name. She was also called Orphne, and may represent the darkness of the river Styx.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Selene and Amphitrite

And a couple more little Goddess works, this time experimenting with using a brush for outlines, rather than a pen. They are in colored inks, and are quite small, only an inch and half wide.


This one's Selene, Σεληνη in Greek, the Moon Goddess.


And this one is Amphitrite, Αμφιτριτη in the Greek, the Goddess of the Sea (or one of Them, anyway).

They're very fun, especially the Greek lettering!

Abundantia and Aeternitas

I've been obsessed with this odd technique lately, and though it's having its successes and failures I am determined to get something useful out of it. It uses white gouache as a resist, with ink painted over it. When the ink is dry the gouache (which doesn't stick to the paper) is washed off, leaving the ink behind, usually as outlines. I've seen it done with black ink as outline, but I thought I'd try it with colored inks in several layers of alternating gouache and ink. It's had, as I said, a couple failures so far, but I've got two little pieces that I think do work (the originals are about three inches in diameter).


The first one is the Roman Goddess of abundance, Abundantia, shown pouring out the riches of a cornucopia. I was trying to get away from outlines and just do some shapes. Not sure I succeeded. I'm really very fond of (and used to) outlines.


And the second (actually the earlier of the two) is Aeternitas, the Roman Goddess of eternity, with Her traditional imagery of the Sun and Moon (considered eternal), and the ouroboros, or snake biting its tail, symbolic of infinity.

The links go to the Obscure Goddess Online Directory entries for said Goddesses, and incidentally I recently converted all the OGOD stuff over to php. I also redesigned and streamlined things a bit there, which should make it easier to navigate and read all around.