Thursday, June 26, 2008

Queen Elizabeth Faerie?

This faerie looks like Queen Elizabeth, (not the modern day one,) to me. I suppose I likely would have lost my head for painting a queen as a mischievous faerie back in her time!

I have attempted to give her accessories just from nature this time, no forged metals, just leaves, vines, and feathers. Hopefully, my style will evolve into something recognizable. I am going to a watercolor class today at the Multnomah Arts Center here in Portland and am very excited!

On another note, I have been researching elves hoping to create some unique Christmas cards. It would appear that elves were considered pretty evil until the Victorians commercialized Christmas and portrayed them as helpers to Father Christmas. The Norse thought they would shoot arrows into their cows to disease them! They also seem to go back and forth from being tall to small, evil to good. None the less, it is amazing to me how many different cultures believed in elves which were seen more as Faeries in Celtic cultures. Now the Christmas Elves look kind of goofy. I'd like to change that and give them some dignity! Here's a link to one I thought was kind of sweet, but still the Elves look too much like little Santas to me. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
Elves Link - No artist mentioned.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Another Faerie

Another faerie from my ever growing tribe of faeries. After I painted this I realized she looked the spitting image of a friend of mine. My friend had a tough childhood literally living on the streets with her schizophrenic mother while never really knowing her father. When I met her she was twenty-six years old tending bar in a tough pub in downtown Portland. She seemed to me to be otherworldly probably due to her undoubted myriad of unique experiences I'll never begin to understand. Anyway, she is decorated with a combination of leaves and Celtic woven vines.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


I became fascinated with goddesses in college while taking a women's studies course at Sonoma State University. I am an Irish American and was drawn to Banba because she is at the center of Irish Mythology as the Earth Mother, representing the spirit of Ireland, and was the wife of King MacCuill. She was thought to be the first settler in Ireland. She is part of a trinity of goddesses, she, Eriu, and Fodla. Banba is a poetic name for Ireland. Banba also protected the land from invaders. Throughout my life I have called upon her for inspiration and solace. I have drawn her many times and last night she showed up again! She is depicted with a Claddagh on her forehead. Her earing is a Celtic spiral.