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by wingsofmagic (wingsofmagic)
at January 26th, 2006 (04:15 pm)

Hi everybody. I'm just posting to let you all know I've updated my journal again, with more art. I'd love it if you could stop by!



wingsofmagic [userpic]
by wingsofmagic (wingsofmagic)
at January 9th, 2006 (09:14 pm)

current mood: excited

hey! I'm new to livejournal and this community. I just wanted to introduce myself and show everyone what I'm about. I've just posted some of my art at my journal here and I would be so thrilled if you'd take a look and tell me what you think. You are all so talented.



Kore [userpic]
Satyr Girl under Umbrella
by Kore (fairytailocom)
at January 3rd, 2006 (03:59 am)

Hi all! A recent drawing...
Satyr Girl under UmbrellaCollapse )

...from my updated gallery pages.

catomount [userpic]
eye tree hand in a lotus
by catomount (cannibol)
at December 19th, 2005 (11:24 pm)

a running motif of mine~

bigger here~

joan of arc pooper lidCollapse )

bellahdance [userpic]
by bellahdance (bellahdance)
at December 2nd, 2005 (05:34 pm)

More mermaid . . . Read more...Collapse )

bellahdance [userpic]
by bellahdance (bellahdance)
at December 2nd, 2005 (03:49 pm)

Mermaid art . . .

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catomount [userpic]
lori fields
by catomount (cannibol)
at October 21st, 2005 (01:33 pm)

woweee!Collapse )
lori fields

thanks made_mois_elle!

catomount [userpic]
last supper tea party
by catomount (cannibol)
at October 8th, 2005 (03:53 am)

kind of recent myth but i think it is enduring and full of archetypes~

last supper and croquet teapotCollapse )

{to await from the stars} [userpic]
by {to await from the stars} (sphinxmuse)
at August 8th, 2005 (08:57 pm)

Discovered on a http://www.mythicjourneys.org newsletter:

"There is something at work in mythic art that goes beyond even the skill of the artist. It's almost as though artists are tapping into something true and universal, something that links us all. As the late scholar Joseph Campbell, poets like Coleman Barks and Robert Bly, and psychologists like James Hillman show us, mythic art and design communicates something essential in a powerful and enriching way."

Unfortunately, there was no specific author cited as the source for this quotation.

{to await from the stars} [userpic]
Distinctions between mythic art and fantasy art
by {to await from the stars} (sphinxmuse)
at July 13th, 2005 (12:47 am)

current mood: curious
current song: "Thimble Island" Rasputina

Hello everyone,

I've been pondering the topic of distinctions between mythic artwork and fantasy artwork for a few months now. I've come to some conclusions on a personal basis, which I may post here in the future, but I'm still very interested in gathering other opinions on the subject.

Do you make any major distinctions between mythic and fantasy artwork, and if so, how and what causes you to draw those distinctions? Is there a fundamental difference between the two, or are the differences (as you perceive them) simply a matter of intent, perspective, or some other factor? What causes you to describe a piece of art as mythic instead of as fantasy?

{to await from the stars} [userpic]
Rafinesque Awaiting Sleep
by {to await from the stars} (sphinxmuse)
at June 14th, 2005 (11:54 pm)

current mood: artistic

I thought I would share this recently-completed piece since it has been a while since I've posted. Hope you enjoy!
Rafinesque Awaiting SleepCollapse )

{to await from the stars} [userpic]
Peridot Tree Spirit
by {to await from the stars} (sphinxmuse)
at June 6th, 2005 (03:37 pm)
current song: Frustration Plantation - Rasputina

I thought I would share an older piece of mine.This may be the first art doll I ever made, and she is absolutely one-of-a-kind due to the nature of materials from which she was created. She was inspired by the unusual shape of wood that now forms her figure. This whimsical creature features an interesting palette of bright greens, warm earth tones, and hints of shimmering copper. Dangling above her outstretched hand is a small offering: a peridot-colored crystal heart which sparkles in the sunlight. She stands approximately 5.5 inches high not including her round wooden base. There are two more photographs of her available on my website Peridot Tree Spirit. (She is also currently for sale. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this piece.)

Also, I've added a few more links to the entry on Mythology and Mythic Art resources.

Mythical Fairy art contest
by Misfit Toy - Jessica Monstar (misfitoi)
at May 2nd, 2005 (06:03 pm)

Theres a mythical fiary art contest going on at ArtWanted.com

Its on the message boards.

tonysilver [userpic]
Hello . . .
by tonysilver (tonysilver)
at April 6th, 2005 (01:41 pm)

I'm a new member and I just thought I'd say "Hello" and show you a picture of one of my pieces . . .

Phester The GoblinCollapse )

Hope you like him.

High Priestess of Me [userpic]
Return of the Convention - Alan Lee & John Howe
by High Priestess of Me (marysiak)
at February 24th, 2005 (11:12 am)

Return of the Convention (http://www.nadobra.com/conv/, 26th-27th March 2005 in Bristol, UK) will be attended by artists Alan Lee and John Howe. All profits from the event will go to The Red Cross who are deeply involved in current relief efforts after the Asian Tsunami. Other guests are Kiran Shah and Jed Brophy.

Alan & John will be available for autographs to all attendees and will be giving a presentation. We are also excited to be able to offer an art workshop with Alan and John to a limited number of people.

RotC are also offering the opportunity to attend a stunt workshop with Jed Brophy and Kiran Shah and Practical Sword and Shield Wall workshops with LANISTA Ancient Warfare Academy. All workshops will be fully participatory. Other events will include showings of Dominic Monaghan's 'An Insomniac's Nightmare' and the John Howe documentary 'There and Back Again'. See website for full schedule details.

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by crowleigh (crowleigh)
at February 10th, 2005 (06:18 pm)

I know I promised I'd post months ago...but things got int the way...so I'll start with a poem.  Critism is welcome...


Remeber when
you came to me
with your sewing needles broken
and life tangled in your tiny hands?

You told me someone's Father asked
you for your weaving
That he could do it better
that only his work is Right
and you were not to ask questions
of his designs

But,  when you wore what he made
it did not grow with you, child
it frayed, it tore
and you forgot how to fix it.
for he told you it would be an insult
to him
to learn how to weave yourself

Child, he is only a man of two-thousand years
and I was ancient when he was born
what can a man know of weaving?
said I

I gave you my own needles then, child
Do you remember?
and together we untangled the knots and furls
in your twisted thread
then, together we made new patterns
as I taught you what I knew

I told you, " I will help you with the difficult peices, child
but in the end I know the cloth must be your own"

And it was your questions that made that first cloth
so fair

Sometimes, we made mistakes
(Woman can always admit their missteps
Even I, the oldest of your oldest' grandmothers!)
so  then I showed you the delight
in unraveling the threads and beginning again

And now that you know how to coax the threads
to your own choosing
you see how you cannot be happy
with how other people may wish weave your life for you

So you may one day teach your daughter's
how to weave their own lives,
as I taught you to weave your own.

{to await from the stars} [userpic]
by {to await from the stars} (sphinxmuse)
at February 10th, 2005 (02:45 pm)

current mood: contemplative
current song: Mary Jane Lamond - Lan Duil

I was feeling somewhat poetic today :) I suppose this is one of my very few attempts at poetry over the past year or so that has not been haiku.

Spirit Doe - 2/10/05

Sleek, tawny hind meandering through the mists of a long-lingering dawn:
She trails her garment over the softly creased hillside,
a fine veil drifting into the valleys like the bridal train of some high medieval noblewoman
stitched with pale Bloodroot, laced with dew-beaded spiders' webs.

They are of the same fabric:
twisting, weaving through gnarled branches,
the cloth of high marsh grass whispering to itself

Her foot falls (her hoof falls) leaving the clarity of water-rounded riverbed stones
in a swath of silk.

Spirit Doe in the morning:
crafting her tapestry of landscape threads -
warp and weft, time and space
glimmering, then vanishing
in the growing light.

I have a particular affinity with Deer (my gallery tends to reveal this as well), and this was in a sense another exploration of that. I was actually sketching ideas for an art doll of this Spirit Doe figure I hope to create in the not-too-distant future when these words materialized.

I've never really had my poetry critiqued, and though I've posted a few pieces on my website, I doubt many have read them since I've never received any comments regarding the poems.....so I really have no idea if I have a knack for writing poetry or not. I enjoy reading and writing poetry, and I'm certainly a "wannabe poet" but I'm really not sure if I'm any good, etc. Suggestions, reflections, comments, etc. are welcomed as usual :)

(Also, just wanted to mention that I've added and updated some links on the Mythology and Mythc Art Resources entry.)

maewitch [userpic]
by maewitch (maewitch)
at January 24th, 2005 (08:09 am)

Hello all....

A brief intro before I launch into my question for ya'll. I'm 26, Polish-Canadian, living just outside of Montreal. I'm a perpetual student happily working in a bookstore (I like to pretend it's a slightly shabby antiquarian bookshop, but the bright lights and Kvetching Sunday Moms smash that fancy). My religious beliefs are Pagan, my first favorite movie was Labyrinth (which I could quote by heart) and I enjoy art (written and visual)...thus the interest in this community.

So. My query. I'm currently trying to create a painting of/for Inanna. This is the first time I've attempted to create art that is devotional in nature, and I'm not sure how to go about it. I feel like I should do something more than just sit down with a paintbrush. For those who have experience with this sort of thing, what would you recommend for me to try? I want to get in touch with that inner perception and experience that prompted this deep need/drive to creat this art in the first place, but as that was a unique spiritual experience, I'm not sure how to access it again.

{to await from the stars} [userpic]
Mythic Art of the Wixárika/Huichol
by {to await from the stars} (sphinxmuse)
at January 23rd, 2005 (01:28 pm)

Firstly, I would like to welcome all of the new members and watchers of this community. Thank you for joining and for showing interest in this budding endeavor. Everyone is welcome to post (even those of you who are only watching this community should have the ability to post if you wish): hint, hint, nudge, nudge, wink, wink!! Feel free to introduce yourselves as well, if you feel so inclined.

The following is actually a short essay I wrote for my Anthropology course during the Fall semester, however, since its subject matter, the connection between religion, mythology, and art in Wixárika culture, so relates to this community I thought I would post it here:

Within the culture of the Wixárika people of Western Mexico, spirituality, artistic production, and worldview are deeply intertwined. Anthropologist Stacy B. Schaefer goes about exploring this connection in her book To Think With a Good Heart: Wixárika Women, Weavers, and Shamans.

Perhaps because of their relative isolation from a modern society which is so eager to segregate and compartmentalize art and religion, the two still remain quite integrated within Wixárika life. Even their own myths of origin illustrate this interconnection. According to their mythos, the world was created by a Divine female artist of sorts, the Grandmother Goddess of Growth and Germination Takutsi Nakawe, who after watching spiders at work, taught Herself to spin and weave and thus created the world. As Schaefer comments: “The prime role of Takutsi as the great creator goddess as well as spinner and weaver, is a telling example of how deeply embedded the tradition of weaving is within female gender roles and conceptions of feminine principles in the Wixárika world” (24). Weaving fulfills an important place in the lives of Wixárika women. A woman’s weaving not only serves practical purposes by providing clothing and perhaps additional income, but it is a means of self-expression ad a vehicle for her to earn respect in her society. It also, of course, has definite spiritual connotations. The structure of the backstrap loom, ‘itsari, can itself be viewed as a microcosm of the spiritual universe of the Wixárika. Parts of the loom are associated with specific times of the yearly planting cycle, with the path of the sun across the sky, and with various levels of existence. Women become extremely attached to their looms and are even sometimes buried with them upon death, as Schaefer writes, the loom “becomes an extension of the woman, both physically and spiritually”(215). In their culture, to achieve the distinction of becoming a master weaver is both a technical and spiritual endeavor - the path of the master weaver in many ways reflects the path of the shaman:
Those who decide to follow this path take on a spiritual quest that requires them to fulfill religious vows - to “complete themselves” according to Wixárika customs. One begins this specialist training as a girl, or later as a married woman. An individual who chooses to follow this training consults a shaman, who for five consecutive years advises the novice as to the particular gods and supernatural allies with whom she must form special relationships, and the kinds of ritual undertaking that she must complete for them. (91-92)
The Gods are even said to help and encourage weavers through their dreams.

However, it is not just Wixárika women who engage in practices which are both spiritual and artistic. As the film about the peyote hunt displayed, both men and women leave visual prayers and offerings to the Gods in the forms of yarn and beads pressed into wax on the inside of gourd bowls. They express their desire for a good hunt with a symbolic deer figure, or for fertility with images of children. Wixárika men are also well known for creating bright and elaborate yarn paintings. Many of their paintings are depictions of spiritual visions achieved under the sacred influence of the peyote plant (Lophophora williamsii).

I've written a little more about this culture in my own livejournal here.

Some visual links to Wixárika art:
The Huichol of Mexico: Their Culture, Symbolism, and Art - features essays and images
To Think With a Good Heart: Wixárika Women, Weavers, and Shamans - regarding Stacy B. Shaefer's book on Wixárika women, spirituality, and weaving
Huichol Art Centro - this is a commercial site, but it does have some images of lovely Wixárika/Huichol beaded art, yarn paintings, weavings, and masks
Huichol Art Online - another commercial site with bead art, masks, etc.
Native American Indian Cultures - the Huichol - a small site with links to other essays and resources

{to await from the stars} [userpic]
By Standing Stone and Twisted Tree: a personal interpretation of the Horned God
by {to await from the stars} (sphinxmuse)
at January 11th, 2005 (02:35 pm)

Those who have visited my personal LJ may have seen the two previous work-in-progress scans of this image. I had been working on it for a few months, slowly scratching away the elements with my trusty exacto knife, but last night I finally finished it! As the subject line states, it's certainly more of a personal interpretation of the male aspect of the Divine as revered within Wicca and some other forms of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft (typically addressed as simply the Horned God, but also referred to as Cernunnos, Herne, Karnayna, Pan etc.).

© Desiree Isphording 2005

a personal interpretation of the Horned GodCollapse )