Monday, December 19, 2011

Yule and 2012

Best Wishes for Yule and 2012

Elen of the ways, whose her Reindeer antlers injects a well known element in the Christmas theme, also has red her and a green cape, two 'traditional colours' for this season . Thereafter things are pagan, the low winter sun out at sea will from now on until the next solstice produce longer days in the reign of the Oak king. Such are the inspirations behind my seasonal e card for this year, drawn from the parent painting 'Elen of the ways, the Antlered Goddess' and I do indeed wish all our members a merry Yule/Christmas/Midwinter and all the best in 2012!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

...and so it's December

December has arrived, with it the white snow of Holda comes, and a new round of natural selection will come too, so it is. The Holly King will give way to the Oak King at the Solstice, that shortest day of the year is the Sabbat Yule, and the cycle goes on. Pagans will celebrate the full moon, this one known to many as 'Long nights moon' and the evergreen conifers will decorate homes as the Yule tree where the yule logs burn.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

And so it's October............

This time of year always brings me such deep joy.

The colors, the smells, the revelry and of course the magick.

October is the time of so many opportunities to share our vision of both; the fun and fantasy as well as the spiritual and mystical.

I hope you will share your thoughts, art and point of view here at PAN.

October Blessings, Oma Linda

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Pagan Jewellery store

My Pagan Jewellery  
My Pagan Jewellery (or Jewelry)site has become possible because of new software facilities on CafePress, my approach to creating affordable Pagan Jewellery has been to apply my own artwork to what is mostly aluminium pendants and earrings, some of it is only loosely associated with Paganism but mostly it will appeal to Wiccans and Witches with some unusual Pentacles or Pentagrams, mythical animals and Witch paintings. All this Jewellery is illustrated, plain silver or gold doesn't exist on it. It's been a great creative outlet too!
I've since added some items that may appeal to Shamans, Druids and Beachcomber's also 

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Lughnasadh Blessings

A very Merry (bit belated) Lughnasadh, my friends! May your blessings be many and the harvest's bounties be great, whatever the seeds you've sewn.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Golden Child

...I was in a long line that had no beginning and no end...I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who were to come...I looked back and saw my mother, and her mother, and all our mothers, and infront to see my daughter, and her daughter, and the daughters upon daughters beyond....and their eyes were my eyes.....

( inspired by Richard Llewellyn's 'How Green was my Valley' )

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Do you believe in ghosts?

Hello everyone...:o)
I thought you might like to see a painting I did a few months ago for my MIL...
And hear about the strange reason for painting it in the first place...(not that I'm being all dramatic ;o) )

Last year my husband (The Troll) 's grandmother 'Cissy' who died in 1994 kept 'visiting' me...not in the ghostly sense...but in the 'keeps-popping-into-your-head' sense...she just would not leave, she was there all of the time...I couldn't stop thinking about her...
Now I never knew Cissy very well, we only met a few times but she was a lovely lady, with so much life in her and a wonderful past to share if anyone wanted to hear...and The Troll was very close to her and spent all of his holidays and weekends at her home when he was young...
We were the last people who saw her alive, which has not gone down well with the MIL :o(
We visited Cissy and Charlie, her husband, a couple of days before she died unexpectedly and I had a feeling when she looked at us driving away that she was going to die...she seemed strange...
MIL (Lee) says that if I had told her that I thought her mother was going to die she would have rushed down to Gloucester (yes the home of Dr Foster ) to be with her...which says a lot for my 'premonitions' really, but I felt bad telling her...I don't think she will ever forgive us for being the last ones to see her mother alive...

So...back to the painting...I don't do portraits it's not really my thing...but Cissy just wouldn't go was as though she was telling me to paint her...I have a few photographs of Cissy as an old lady but they weren't right for the painting...I have one very old photo of her as a young woman and this seemed to be the right I started to paint her, not exactly as she was in the photo as she wasn't smiling...but as she is here...
Cissy was by my side as I began...and she stayed with me throughout the painting process...sometimes correcting me by gently pushing me on...then one day...Cissy was gone...just like that...she had left...
The Troll was away while I painted his Grandmother so it was a surprise for him to see her...I'm not really sure how he felt about seeing her after so long but I think he liked her...
If it had been left to me, I would have refined the picture more and corrected some mistakes...but when Cissy left me, I thought I should stop this is how it was then...without my usual fiddling!
I know that Cissy wanted me to create this picture for her daughter Lee (MIL) so I wrote a letter to her explaining why it was created and that Cissy wanted her to have it and that I had no idea why...and also that Cissy seemed happy...then The Troll took the painting when he visited the family (on a detour from a work trip) and gave it to his mum...I just hoped that the whole thing didn't upset her or drag nasty things into the present for her!
She wrote back to say that she had been visiting a 'Spiritualist Church' locally and had been trying to contact Cissy for a long time...with some slight success...and that she felt her mother had come (through me) to tell her the answer to something she had been worried about (I don't know what)...and that it was a lovely spiritual gift and she was very happy with it...
Which was a relief! :o)
So...that's the story behind my 'Spirit Painting'...I'm not sure if I enjoyed the experience but I do wonder if anyone else will 'come through the veil' and ask for a portrait...I wouldn't mind doing Marc Bolan...but that's another story...;o)
Bye for now...back to the sick room for me...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Here we go gathering Knots of May...

Hello've you all been?
I wanted to show off this lovely piece ages ago but I'm so far behind with everything!
Never mind...better late than never eh?

This glass work is made by the wonderfully talented Amanda who makes stained glass and also jewellery which all have a pagan twist and can be viewed on her website Amandala

This is what Amanda has to say about this piece...
'This goddess is based on the St Ives Shelagh na Gigs which unfortunately is now lost. She is maybe in some private collection or residing in a garden somewhere.'

I thought showing this to you all would make up for me being absent for Beltane (Long story :o( )
So...what more can I say...she's just beautiful!

Oh yes...hope you all enjoyed bringing in the May....wink wink :o)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Yellowhammer Reclaimed

The Yellowhammer Reclaimed

I had trouble deciding whether to put this in the Pagan or Modern section of my website! In the end I chose the latter, the above picture links to it. This is a painting with a mission, in the past in Scotland, and the area around Prague this Small bird, of the Bunting family was called what it was believed to be, the Devils bird! It would be killed and it's nests destroyed when found by the ignorant of which there was no short supply in centuries past. As with all my modern avian paintings I have used the topic birds own colours, as the inverted pentagram, stolen from Wicca where it has it's own purpose, is the favoured symbol of Satanism, the upright Pentagram has been placed over the painting. No...the Yellowhammer is not the property of what I for one think is a non existent demon! Call it eccentric and I won't argue, I still had to paint it, and got up in the night to do that!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Ancient's knew how to laugh...

Recently...Seawitch...aka George...totally ruined this beautiful picture for me...thanks George!...And the reason?

Think LOL (first and last time I will ever do that silly speak!)

So as it's THAT day...thought it might make you laugh :o)

Seawitch's lovely pictures can be viewed at his website here

Here's what George has to say about his picture...(before he ruined it for everyone! ;o)

Raven at the Men-an-Tol

The Men-an-Tol is one of Britain's smallest Megalithic standing stone sites, but also one of the best known, set in the bleak Cornish landscape it's origins are uncertain, but it was probably an Iron age tomb of around 4,000 years ago, recent research shows it is also part of a stone circle..
The name Men-an-Tol is Cornish language for 'Holed Stone', it has in the past been also known as the 'Devil's eye', and 'Crick stone' because of it's reputation for curing backache.
Children with Rickets and Tuberculosis were for for centuries passed through it's hole three times naked and then through the grass three times anti-clockwise, or Widdershins.
Some quarters say the place protects from witchcraft yet many visitors are Witches and Wiccans.

Have you tried it in a different style?

Added after comments from concerned friends ;o)
Oberon's Wood said...

Ah...seems like I didn't explain myself very well here!
It isn't that we are going to change our blogs in any way!!!
It's just another way to view EVERYONE's blogs...the blogs are the can just add the view modes at the end of the blog address and it will show you another doesn't change the actual blog...thankfully! :o)
And I totally agree with you I love black as a background to art...
And if I had to update things just to see a blog I would leave!
Thanks for the opinions though sweet peas :o)

But I'm not going to change the blogs in any don't worry :o)
Why not have a go and see what your own blog looks like in one of the modes?
I'm not trying to promote Blogger ;o) I'm just open to different ways of seeing our Art :o)

Now here's the original post...

Hi everyone :o)
I was wondering if any of you have tried the new blogger idea of viewing blogs in a different way?
I've just tried it with this blog and it isn't too bad...
I think it needs to have more choice in the colours though...I'm not a big fan of 'white' but it does show the pretty pictures nicely and that has to be good for 'Arty blogs'

If you are all thinking that I have spring on these links to see if it works for you...
although they say it only works if you have 'updated' stuff on your 'puter...well my old girl is a great hulk of a machine and she it must be possible for us 'deprived ones ;o)
Here's the links...let me know how it looks at your end...if you pardon my wording ;o)!/!/!/!/!/

I know there are a lot of them...some not so great...but at least it looks like our blogs will be moving with the times ;o)

I'll be back later with something pretty to look at...just thought it would be better to try this without anything to drool over ;o)...
Bye my pretties :o)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pagan Art Journaling

If you haven't, I suggest you hop on over to Aradia's Cauldron and take a peek at the 52 Weeks of Pagan Art Journaling project.

I started off strong, journaling each week's theme as it was announced, but have since fallen a bit behind due to my recent move. I'm looking forward to catching back up! Here are a peek at some of my pages and their themes, click on the images to view them larger at Flickr:

Letter to self in 5 years (small)
A Letter to Yourself in Five Years

All pages were done with watercolor and ink over an acrylic base inside of an old book titled The Death of a Nobody. Seemed fitting!

So far, it's been a very enriching process; to sit down and think about what each prompt means to me and then let go and let my pencil/brush create the page. It's been sort of meditative for me.

It isn't too late to jump on board; even if you don't fancy yourself to be an 'artist' or 'someone who can draw' you can still give it a shot!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Spring Equinox Everyone!

I could not resist using Seawitch's beautiful picture so I've 'borrowed' it from Facebook...hope you don't mind George!
If you would like to see more of this extremely talented artist's work then pop over to his website where you can see his collection of work.

And while I'm here (after finally getting my old 'puter back!)
I want to wish everyone a very Happy Eostra (or if you prefer Ostara ;o) )
And as mark the new's raining here :o(
Some things never change...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Something from the past

Reflections of a Chinese Temple

I recently visited a friend of many years and took the opportunity to photograph a painting he got from me, from the time before I even considered getting a computer. It's and acrylic on wood, about a yard long,of a Chinese Ming dynasty temple reflected in a lake. Inspired by a photo in a Spanish language magazine about China given to me by a Red Guard called Lui (I think) when my ship was in Tsing Tao in 1979. I felt I had met up with a long lost friend, the painting I mean, not the red guard!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Oma Linda is hosting a Celebrate Oz blog party March 19

Come and Join LindaOma's Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts in the fun of Celebrating all things Wizard of OZ on March 19, 2011.

What you need to do: come to Olde Baggs blog and sign up in the comment section to Celebrate OZ.

- grab the button of the Baby Wicked and Good Witch of OZ, post it on your blog. Start spreading the news and tell others that you are participating in the fun

- be ready on March 19 when folks start coming to your blog to show what you have to offer to Celebrate OZ.

And that offering can be just about anything from a crafted item, collectibles, a tablescape, decorating a space, telling your favorite selection from the movie, the play, the books, or why you love/hate Wizard of OZ in any one of it's incarnations etc.

Anything goes and your imagination will be your guide. Remember, the only rule I ever have is "Nice Matters".

- registration to participate will be open until the event starts but closes that day.

Now fire up your bikes with a basket for Toto, get Auntie Em's thoughts, put on your witch's thinking hat, call up your favorite munchkin for inspiration or book that date with your best pals the scarecrow, lion and tinman. Get ready, get set and......join in.

This yellow brick road will lead us, you and I, to fun, sharing and my very first attempt at hosting a blog party
Celebrate OZ.

And if you have questions.....just contact me.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Pan is such a softie really

PAN member Nydia makes lovely little creations from every colour you can many, that it was hard for me to choose just one to show here...
In the end I decided to go with the title instead of the colour so meet 'Pan'
Couldn't resist him...he's just so cute!
If you would like to meet Nydia she has a blog which tells her full story of being a Brazilian Wiccan Mom and her Etsy shop Carioca Witch
If you need a good flash of colour to get you all in the mood for Spring...I can't think of a brighter place :o)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Ama's Red Kite

This gorgeous Red Kite has been created by PAN member Ama...isn't she beautiful?
She is made from bronze resin which I think is the perfect colour for such a lovely bird of prey.
They are quite a rare bird now...sadly...due to man...makes me ashamed...
If you would like to see more of Ama's work...take a visit to her website here
There are lots of yummy things to see there from animals to Goddesses...what more could you want?

And if you would like to know more about the Red Kite click here
There's lots of information on this site which is dedicated to them :o)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spiral Dance of the Goddess

This gorgeous Spiral Goddess is by PAN member Dawn, it is part of her"Gods & Goddesses" Collection.
Dawn makes all manner of delights from clays and wood and each piece is given her own twist.
In this work I find the curves quite hypnotic and compelling...taking your eyes around the form in a beautiful spiral dance...:o)
If you would like to see more of Dawn's creations she has a blog and also an Etsy store, both are well worth a visit...after all...where else can you get to dance with the Goddess?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Art vs. Words?

I thought it might be nice to introduce our youngest PAN member Jon.
Jon is a writer who sees the words he produces as his Art of Choice...recently though he has been making visual art...although if you read his blog about creating these art works it might strike a chord with pop over to his blog. if you have a love/hate relationship with art..he certainly does have a way with words...

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Faery Party at Danni's House

I've nicked Danni's link for this...and I'm late with posting about it...but there is still lots more to go on...shoo over there...:o)

Monday, January 31, 2011


Well it's almost here!
For everyone celebrating Imbolg...have a lovely time!
I thought Gemma's lovely picture depicts Imbolg and everything about it so well, I wanted to share it with you here...I do hope that Gemma doesn't mind me 'having' to blur her picture a's either that or we have to go all 'adult' on blogger and that just seems daft :o(
Still...I bet there are a few out there that would love to see any pagan site closed better to not give them the ammunition ;o)
As the picture says it all...there is not much point in me 'spelling it all out' to I'll leave it up to you to find the interpretation you wish...
Bye for now everyone...go enjoy the festival :o)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Who's in the mood for love?

Hello everyone...I'm a little late this week!
As we have almost reached February I thought it would be nice to show that some of our PAN members have a romantic side...not me of course...miserable old elf me ;O)
So I thought we could have a peek at Linda's little hearts...she acts all grumpy, but we all know she's a hopeless romantic at heart (sorry for the pun)!
Linda makes all sorts of art with her Grandchildren too and out of this fun she lets her imagination go you can see from her ecclectic little creations.
You can see more of Linda's work in her Etsy shop here
Bye for now my little romantics...
Have a lovely weekend...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Hello everyone, are you all enjoying that small glow of sunshine peeping through the mist?
(Well that's what it's like here anyway...)

The beautiful picture shown above is by one of our new members Celine and it is just so lovely and green that I thought it would brighten up all of those still feeling the winter blues...
It's titled 'Merlin in Broceliande'.
I like the way Celine has blended the elements together to create this picture...makes me want to take a walk in the woods...maybe I'll meet up with Merlin?
Now that would be an intresting meeting...
Why isn't there a wizard about when I have my camera...?
If you would like to take a peek at more of Celine's can be found here it is in French...but that shouldn't prevent you from peeking :o)
See you soon...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Hello everyone...
Well as this year is dragging a little...can you feel it?
I thought we should kick off the dreariness of the old year by starting a new theme for the PAN blog...
From now on...(hopefully) on a regular basis...I will 'show off' a selection of our very talented members' art work...and to begin with 'In the red dress'...we have 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by Eileen...who's work can also be found here
What a lovely start to the year...I feel much warmer now!
See you again soon...
Bye for now...