Monday, December 19, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
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
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
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 away...it 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 one...so 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 painting...so 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
Hello everyone...how'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
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
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-TolThe 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.
*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 fever...click 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 manages...so 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
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:
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
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 usual...to mark the new season...it's raining here :o(
Some things never change...
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
What you need to do: come to Olde Baggs blog and sign up in the comment section to Celebrate OZ.
- 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.
And if you have questions.....just contact me.
Friday, March 04, 2011
PAN member Nydia makes lovely little creations from fabrics...in every colour you can imagine...so 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
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
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
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 you...do 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
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 little...it'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 down...so 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 you...so 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
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 wild...as 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 work...it can be found here it is in French...but that shouldn't prevent you from peeking :o)
See you soon...
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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...