lunedì 25 maggio 2015

Mother


Working on this painting touched me both on a spiritual level as well as on an emotional one, and there are so many things I’d like to say about it - but I’ll let the image speak for me this time.
I dedicate this to all mothers, to all those warrior and nurturing spirits out there standing up for what they believe in. 

Odin imprisons Brunhilde


Odin imprisons Brunhilde in a ring of fire.

Ink, watercolour, PS.
For the upcoming book The Illuminated Edda.

Thor


Thor in Hymir’s boat, catching Jormungandr, the Midgard Serpent.

Ink, watercolour, PS.
For the upcoming book The Illuminated Edda.

The Illuminated Edda

The Illuminated Edda kickstarter is finally on, check it out!

Some work in progress

Some WIPs from the upcoming book The Illuminated Edda












Irish Elk


“Irish Elk”

(quick note on the Irish Elk that inspired this work: despite its name, it was found all across Europe and Asia, and in North Africa, and is technically a deer rather than an elk. It is famed for the size of its antlers, which spanned up to 4.3m and weighed 45kg. Irish elk fossils are found in large numbers in Ireland’s peat bogs and many are of males that suffered from malnutrition, which suggests they lived a life much like today’s red deer spending each autumn fighting for the right to mate. The Irish elk’s skeleton suggests that it was an endurance runner that could wear out predators without tiring itself.)

Artwork for Fate of the Norns. 

Sillage


watercolour

Viking horn


Banshee


The Banshee, (Irish Bean Sidhe, Scots Gaelic Ban Sith, “woman of the fairies”, or “woman of the barrows”) is a female spirit in Irish and other Celtic folklore whose mournful “keening,” or wailing screaming or lamentation, at night was believed to foretell the death of a member of the family of the person who heard the spirit. In Ireland banshees were believed to warn only families of pure Irish descent. The Welsh counterpart, the gwrach y Rhibyn (“witch of Rhibyn”), visited only families of old Welsh stock. 

(Artwork for Fate of the Norns)

Lady of the Lake's collection



Lady of the Lake’s collection (this is what girls do on sleepovers, show each other their weapons)

Anne Bonny


Anne Bonny, from Black Sails. (In case you didn’t know, she’s not a fictional character. She was born probably around 1700 in Co. Cork, Ireland, and started pirating merchant vessels around the Jamaican coast with Jack “Calico” Rackham when she was in her 20′s, helped by Mary Read, one of the most famous female pirates of her time. You can read more about her life here.) Watercolour and PS.

Eos of the Rose fingers


“Eos of the rose fingers” (”Ῥοδοδάκτυλος Ἠώς”, Rhododaktylos Ēōs, as Homer used to call her), was the ancient Greek goddess of dawn. She rose each morning from her home at the edge of the Oceanus, and was the daughter of the titans Hyperion and Theia, and sister of Helios, the sun, and Selene, the moon.