Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Solstice and Stonehenge in Red


'Stonehenge in Red'
It's that time of the year again, the longest day sometimes known by the rather modern name of Litha.
The event at Stonehenge is surely the biggest gathering of all in association with it. The best place to be is within the circle, a hard place to get to and I'm sure it helps to be a Druid.
The Druids didn't build Stonehenge as many think, the stones pre-date them by a long way, they merely took what was there and put it to use, and why not.
Tens of thousands gather there in hope of the perfect sunrise and spiritual experience.
I myself have always avoided this, having been to the 'traditional gathering' at Trafalgar Square on new years eve a couple of times, I think it's nice to avoid risking a wet night of noise , impossible crowds, no loos and things only the modern age could bring, like mechanical drumming devices and baton charges.
I have done four paintings of Stonehenge...all are on my Pagan page here , two were requests.
The painting I show here, Stonehenge in Red 2 was destroyed in the post on it's way to west coast USA, it lives on in however. I chose to paint the peace of a day AFTER the solstice, when the crowds are gone, the litter cleared....I will be thinking of those in the crowds when I celebrate with friends elsewhere! Have a pleasant Summer Solstice!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Litha...or...Waiting for the day to begin...


Well...here she is...finished...maybe...
You can read a bit more about my little Fae on my art blog

Strange how she decided to become a Midsummer Faery...
I thought she was going to be waiting for a secret lover perhaps...
Seems she had more important things on her mind...
Although...maybe she's waiting for both!

She's painted in watercolours on A4 paper...from the nude study posted here
I managed to fit her feet in on the scanner this time...:o)

Are you all getting ready for the Solstice?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Water, the source

I took this photo announcement from another wonderful caring pagan Hannah at http://thediviningwomen.blogspot.com/2010/06/will-you-find-your-way-to-water.html and have chosen to pass it along to you.

I know that all of you are aware of the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the US. If you are anything like me, it disgusts you that greed has once again spit in the face of nature. That millions of beings are being impacted by the loss of habitat and pollution of the source to each of us.....the water. Not just the waters off of the US but the world.

The world became very upset when the volcano in Iceland was interfering with air travel, each of us was impacted by that ash in one form or another...each person on earth. Well, the same is true of the oil...it will effect each of us to a lesser or greater degree. WE are all in this together and as pagans we are centered on the core and source. Mother Earth is in need of us.

Out there in bloglandia, there is a grassroots event planned for the New Moon, June 12th. We are asking that all join in and place your hands into water, be it in a bowl, basin, stream, river, pond, or if you are lucky enough the ocean and join so many others who will pray, meditate, intention, cast and just give a damn about healing the water. The power of focused energies is upon us and is urgently needed. Please take this opportunity to help Mother.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Getting what you paint for...weather working or sods law?




Hi all

For years on end I've had this knack ( magickal skill?) of getting the weather I'm painting, especially it seems if I've got the hump about something too...I've always felt your mood can boost magick that suits.

During August 2004 I was painting the 'Thunderbird Invoked'...we had the wettest August in Britain since records began 600 years earlier.

To celebrate I painted the tiny original version of 'Flooded Field'....




This past few days I've been painting a stormy sky and last night I was driven to anger by persistent noise all night from Blackbirds....now we have a soaking wet night in London, my apologies to those who don't like that, but weather working and Sea Witches are hard to pull apart!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Hello all! I'm new here so I thought I'd write one of those boring 'introducing myself' posts. So, here's the low-down:

My name is Gemma - its lovely to meet you all. I'm 28 years old and I live in Sweden. I'm a Wiccan and have been for nearly a decade. I'm also a Pagan and I've been one now for over two decades. Most of my painting is informed by my love of Paganism and Nature and I work in Watercolours and Acrylics - although I'm thinking of giving Oils a go to enable me to blend better.

At the moment I'm working on a series of paintings inspired by the Western Zodiac. I'm only in the sketching stage at the moment and I'm going to do several proofs of concept before I put brush to canvas. Hopefully they'll turn out ok. It should take me about 3 months to get them done... or so I tell myself!

BB, Hugs, Health and Happiness,
Gemma

Thursday, June 03, 2010


The Elements Quadtych

This is the latest in a growing line of Elemental Quadtych's I've painted, the original set was requested by my Coven High Priestess as a decoration for the Covenstead...it was her idea and a good one too!
Google any element individually and it is probably one of my paintings that is top result on google images, they are well known now.
This set differs from it's predecessors though, still acrylics on canvas, they are however rather smaller at just 5 x 7 inches each.
Also, I've dropped the practice of making sharp exact elemental symbols like here.... Fire painting.. and allowed a laid back and obviously free hand style to be applied to the symbols, why not?
For the first time I have something on here for sale, they are £70.00 or whatever that is in dollars...read about them here too... http://seawitchartist-sales.blogspot.com/
They could be hung together, or in their own corners...and come down to decorate that magick circle when you do ritual!