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Celtic Mythology

Images inspired by tales from ancient  Celtic myth, found in sources such as the Welsh Mabinogion and Irish sagas, as well as legends and folktales from the Celtic lands...

Blodeuwedd - A nature goddess of Celtic myth. Her story is within the welsh Mabinogion where she is made by enchantment from the flowers of oak, broom and meadowsweet to be the wife of the hero Lleu. She is transformed into an owl for conspiring to kill her husband so she could be with her lover Gronw. This is probably a reiteration of an ancient theme of Nature anthropomorphised and seen in her different phases of summer (flowers) and winter (owls), with sacred kings being married to the land and fighting for supremacy, who possibly also represent the light and dark sides of the year. Blodeuwedd translates as 'flower face' and has become a welsh word for owl.

 

A3 watercolour on paper, 2013

Original not currently for sale, available as a print here

Cerridwen - With aspects of both the crone and mother, she is a shape-shifting witch, associated with the bard Taliesin.

 

A3 Ink and pencil crayon, 2010

Original not currently for sale

Morgan le Fey – the sister of King Arthur in Arthurian legend. A dark and morally ambiguous character who was skilled in magic.

 

9in x 12in watercolour on paper, 2007

Original not currently for sale

Arianrhod - A Celtic goddess from the Welsh Mabinogion, Arianrhod is the keeper of the Silver Wheel of stars, symbol of time, kama and reincarnation. She is a mother aspect of the ancient triple Goddess, and is also associated with beauty and fertility. The knotwork is based on a twelve point circular grid - to represent the turning of the twelve months of the year. The continuous knot also represents the flow of life, ever interweaving and changing form in an eternal pattern.

 

8.5in x 8.5in watercolour, 2007

Original not currently for sale

The Phantom Queen - an alternate name for the Morrigan of Celtic mythology, a triple aspected goddess associated with crows and warfare.

 

8in x 11in watercolour, 2009

Original not currently for sale

Lugh - Celtic sun god

 

9in x 12in pencil drawing, 2014