Autumn is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I love watching the trees change color. Its natures grand finally like firework display of dazzling colors from greens to darker greens, browns, yellows, oranges to reds. Its a season of celebration and harvesting. The leaves eventually and leave a blanket of color that slowly breaks down enriching the earth for next’s years cycle of birth.
The goddess of Autumn is Demeter she is goddess of harvest within Greek mythology. Demeter resided over barley and the harvest, she was also associated with the poppy. Here I have depicted her with faerie like features, she is greeting her faerie friend who lovingly dances around her casting out love and appreciation of earthly fruits.
The golden colors change into oranges and reds and you can feel the warmth the colors glow. All around you, you start to here the forest sing with the russell of the leaves from the gentle wind. You can feel the cold coming in, but your face is touched by the warmth of the setting sun. You open your eyes and see your faerie friend dancing around you singing. You glance around and see natures bloom of wild mushrooms and fungi, fruit for the forest animals and forest folk. You spot a long lost friend the Red Squirrel who is gathering for the winter, flicking his bushy tail he moves off busy harvesting as he go’s.
I want to thank John at Ophrys photography for kindly letting me use his wonderful Red Squirrel photo. His site is so worth checking out, he is an amazing photographer, don’t just take my word go and have a look at his site here.
Today we see less and less of our old friend the Red Squirrel but thanks to many charities the Red Squirrel can be found in some parts of the UK still, today you will find them roaming in parts of Scottish Highlands, Anglesey in Wales and the Isle of Wight. A great site to look at for information on helping protect the Red Squirrel is RSST the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. Here you will find projects that are set up help to reintroduced the Red Squirrel back into certain areas in the UK. The Lizard in Cornwall is one of them. There is plenty we can do by helping out the Red Squirrel from becoming a friend or donating there are also other options as well, like volunteer work and spreading the word. As my business grows its my plan to become a friend, but to start I want to help spread the word. At present I already plant one tree for every painting I create and over the coming months I fully intend to do more. Maybe organizing competitions and prize draws to help a charitable cause. So I’m sure you will here more from me over the coming months. A special thanks goes out to Helen at the RSST for her help in telling me what I can do to help.
Introducing my first ever Calendar! This has been a project that has been on my mind for a while, and thanks to some gentle persuasion from a friend I decided now was the right time 🙂 Along with the fact that this year has been a great year for creating art. I have so totally loved the time I have had for my creations, and what better way to show it off in a Calendar. Its also a great way of collecting my work and is ideal to frame too 😉
I released my Calendar with zazzle and it features all of this years latest works.
Over the last few weeks I have decided to dedicate more time to my shop here for a few reasons. Besides acting as a great showcase for my work, zazzle enables me to offer more choice for you too in a wide variety of really cool products to chose from. Plus regularly offer great discounts and free shipping from time to time, so through my twitter account and facebook account I will keep you posted on as many offers from zazzle as I can. Another reason that zazzle is so great for me, is I don’t have to worry about carrying stock around with me. As a full time traveller this is great! and I don’t have to worry about shipping. Lastly they also except returns, which is great for my customer, its essential that you are 100% happy 🙂 Over the coming months I will be adding skateboards, binders, mugs, prints, t-shirts and much much more 😉
Over the last few months I have been working on my new Etsy shop and while doing that, I could help but wander around and find some amazing gifts from other artists, who inspired me to do my own secret treasury “Enter the Faerie Realm” I have chosen a few of my favourites to show you here. Do have a look to see what I discovered by some amazing inspirational artists. One of my favorites is a Tiny Woodland Terrarium Toadstool Mushroom and Monarch Butterfly Ring by Woodland Belle‘s Mai the creator behind these beautiful pieces, works in western North Carolina. The mountains provide ample inspiration for creating woodland themed jewelry and accessories.
Another pick of one of my favourite items are these gorgeous faerie houses by Centaur drawing her inspiration from “Fairytale: A True Story”, which is all about the famous Cottingley photographs taken in the early 20th Century, Rachel has created many enchanting pieces 🙂 take a look at more at her beautiful work at her etsy store.
Herne the Hunter, Cernunnos and the Green Man have similar traits:
What inspired me in this piece was to create an image based on all of the
positive aspects of this Old Religion. So I took inspiration from all three characters to create this God of the Forest. Herne the Hunter, Cernunnos and the Green Man are all associated with knowledge and wisdom of the forest: Herne the Hunter is watcher over the animal kingdom; Cernunnos is a fertility god; and the Green Man presides over the vegetable Kingdom and fertility, who is often celebrated on May day at the beginning of spring. I have used an owl as it’s also associated with wisdom and knowledge, as well as a dragonfly to symbolise transformation. I personally wanted to show respect and honor to our Old Gods – those that help to watch over and protect the natural law of the Earth.
Prints and Greeting cards are now available at my Etsy Store