In Greek mythology the 9 daughters of Peirus were turned into Magpies for claiming to be better singers than the muses.
Here I have painted this controversial bird on an interesting piece of wood discarded by a cabinet maker.
Oil and gold leaf on wood. 46 x 32 cms.
Halcyon is a type of Kingfisher that nests by the sea were warm winds blow so that its eggs are protected during the nesting period. The phrase 'Halcyon days' signifies prosperity, joy, liberation and tranquillity.
Painted in oil with gold leaf on an oak panel. 42 x 25 cm.
The birds of Rhiannon are 3 magical birds whose song can 'wake the dead and lull the living to sleep'. Here is my take on one of them!
Painted in oil and gold leaf on a little panel of wood. 28 x 18 cm.
One of Odins messenger ravens flies to bring news! Part of Fisherton Mills 'Animal Magic' exhibition fishertonmill.co.uk/the-gallery/exhibitions/july2017 57 x 57 cms framed.
You can tell these two are up to no good! I dare you to try to out stare them! Painted on a large oak panel that I saw as the well scratched farm yard floor. 116 x 54 cm.
Ghostly yet beautiful, the grey horse gallops through a moonlit night. Painted on an oak panel. 91x50cms framed.
Painted on a section of 17th century door. The flaked paint revealed to me what looked like a cliff top view with the sun reflecting on the sea. A chestnut mare to gallop into view was all that was needed! 91x90cms framed. Sold
I loved the grain on this piece of oak. Distant hills, maybe swirling mists, it conjured many images. Rutting stags could only add to the beauty of this wood. At http://www.danselgallery.co.uk/
Such controversial creatures, marmite of the animal world so it seems. Bombur here promises to cause you no problems at all however and wants only to scratch around in his woodland. Painted on an aged oak panel 90x38cms
Minerva Flies silently through the night. Painted on an oak panel. 63x32cms framed.
Cernunnos the stag bellows, maybe as a warning or maybe to invite a mate. Painted in oil on a section of old tree house. 123 x 86cms.
Making his way through the frozen north that is Nanooks home. Oil on aged wood door 157 x 64 cms. Currently part of Fisherton Mills 'Animal Magic' exhibition fishertonmill.co.uk/the-gallery/exhibitions/july2017