So this is the place where I’m going to post my paintings, illustrations, mixed media constructions, painted boxes and jewelry, some older and hopefully a lot of new ones, and talk a little about what inspired them, the story behind each one and my process of art making. My interests are varied, from women’s spirituality, metaphysics, the natural sciences, archetypal psychology, the Medieval art of Illumination, Magic, Myth, Folk Lore and Fairy Tales, especially of Britain and honey bees. All of which, as you will see, turn up in my art.
As it’s very wintry here and just about everywhere else in the Western Hemisphere, I thought I’d show you this illustration of Mother Holle (aka Frau Holle, Hulda, Hol, Hel, Holda, Hilda) a Germanic Goddess who appears in the Grimms fairy tale # 24. I decided to show a scene from the fairy tale where it is said that when Mother Holle makes her bed it snows. So here she is leaning out of her window shaking and fluffing up her feather pillows and making it snow on the Medieval winter scene below. This winter farm scene is adapted from the illumination”February” from the Medieval Book of Hours, Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. The seated woman stirring her cauldron is the English Mystic, Margery Kemp 1373-1438 who led a very interesting life for a woman of her time. The border illustrates the old English carol “The Holly and the Ivy”.
This painting is ink on an Ampersand Clayboard panel and was completed in 2005. It was originally created as Winter Solstice or Yule card .