Monday, April 10, 2017
This is Kostroma, done for the March Goddess by Request over on my Patreon. She's a Russian earth Goddess Who can be described as a maiden or as a witch in the fields. In a song She is said to fall asleep underneath a birch tree to be awakened in the springtime with the Earth. I have put Her under the birch trees as She wakes up; it's winter on the left and spring on the right, and the Sun of the vernal equinox shines overhead.
The style is inspired by traditional Russian embroideries. It's acrylic on canvas board, about nine by twelve inches.
I've put this art up on both prints and cards as usual.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
It's Anuket this time, the ancient Egyptian Goddess of the Nile River in the area around the First Cataract, where the river is rocky and shallow, making navigation difficult. Her name means 'The Clasper', because the banks at that place are high and narrow and further constrain the River. The First Cataract was traditionally the border with Nubia, so I've given Her Nubian features.
It's done digitally like the earlier Bat piece, to look like an Art Deco lithographed poster, though I've taken plenty of cues from ancient Egyptian art as well, such as the shape of Her hands. I'm having a lot of fun with that style, and I'm really pleased with how this came out!
Her Obscure Goddess Online Directory entry is here, if you're interested in further reading.
And I've put Her up on cards and prints at Zazzle and deviantArt respectively.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Another in the apparent series of little Roman Goddesses in pen and ink with watercolor. They're all very small, only an inch and a half square. She's the Roman Goddess of women and the Moon; Her sanctuary on the shores of Lake Nemi inside a volcanic crater not too far from Rome was quite famous. She was renowned there as a healer.
I've put Her up on cards through Zazzle. I've got pretty much all my art up on cards there, which these days is well over a hundred designs of Goddesses and (some) Gods.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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
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
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.
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.