Enter the quiet dragon... sleeping Earth Dragon artwork - plus a tiptoe into the dark caverns and barrows of the sleeping earth dragon to uncover his legends, myths, and folklores...
This post is part of a series about dragons - if you'd like to get started with the first post and loop back to this you can do that here - otherwise, just keep on reading, and I'll give you all the other links to explore at the end...
My beautiful air dragon or celestial dragon in a colourful Celtic-Medieval style - with a closer look into some of the interesting myths, legends and folklores about our air dragons...
This blog post is part of a series about dragons -you can start here with part I of the main post about dragons if you like and loop back to this - or just keep reading and I'll share the links for the other posts at the end so that you don't miss out...
My Celtic Kestrel artwork plus a look at the history, myth, folklore and meaning of the kestrel...
The beautiful kestrel is the UK’s second most common bird of prey. Often called the ‘motorway hawk’, if you’ve seen a small bird of prey hovering above the verge of a motorway or other road, you’ve likely seen a kestrel.
Although still a common sight in Britain, numbers suffered in the past as kestrels were often killed by gamekeepers in the late 19th and early 20th century, and they have also been affected by organochlorine pesticides in the 1950s and 1960s.
Since the 1980s, the kestrel population has fluctuated but currently appears to be in moderate decline, although the reason why is not yet known, and the kestrel has therefore been listed on the Amber List of Birds of Conservation Concern.
My Celtic collared dove art 'Collared Doves in Blossom' together with a look at dove symbolism, myth and meaning...
The dove is one of our most beloved birds and a universally-recognised symbol of peace, love, and harmony.
There are actually many types of dove and in my artwork, I’ve chosen to show collared doves as we have a pair we often see perched on our chimney and roof.
They are quite a favourite bird of mine as we used to have a pair in my childhood garden. My mum told me that they were rare and we were lucky to have them, so I always thought of them as quite special.
Collared doves were certainly a rare bird in Britain when my mum was a child as they originally hail from the Balkans, Turkey, and Asia – and only bred in Britain for the first time in 1955. They spread across the country naturally and are now very common in Britain.
Young collared doves will fly up to 600km, usually in a north-westerly direction, from their birthplace – so we can see how so many have ended up in Britain.
My Celtic Moths art - plus a dive into moth meaning, symbolism and folklore to explore the place that moths hold in our understanding...
What are moths?
Moths, often seen as ‘night butterflies’ are actually a cousin of the butterfly. They are of the same scientific classification ‘lepidoptera’ but are distinctively different species.
Although most moths do fly by night, many are seen during the day and may be mistaken for butterflies.
Moths may be as old as 190 million years old – more ancient than butterflies!
The easiest way to tell a butterfly from a moth in most cases is that the moth folds its wings flat over its body when at rest, whereas the butterfly folds its wings up over its back.
The moth also usually has feathery antennae which the butterfly does not. Moths pupate in cocoons of silk while butterflies pupate in a hard, smooth chrysalis.
Understanding mark-making to create texture, form and detail in your drawing
In this drawing lesson, we’ll start to explore how the marks you make on your page when drawing will create the texture and form of your subject.
This is important as it helps you to show something about the qualities of what you’re drawing – to describe the details and also the texture and the form itself.
In this lesson:
Colourful Goldfinches & Thistles Celtic art plus a look at the symbolism and meaning of goldfinches and thistles...
Celtic alder art and Celtic Tree Calendar art - plus a little look at the myth, history and meaning of the alder tree...
The English word ‘alder’ is thought to come from the Old German workd ‘elawer’ meaning ‘reddish’ – the white wood inside the alder tree turns red when cut and the catkins of the alder are a purplish-red.
The Anglo-Saxon word for alder is ‘alr’ (linked to the Norse word ‘olr’). The Gaelic ogham word for alder is ‘fearn’ linked to the Welsh ‘gwern’. More about the meaning of ‘fearn’ later…
Pretty tortoiseshell butterflies against an intricate knotwork of Celtic spirals and swirls...
Feeling inspired by Medieval illuminated manuscripts, and following my recent 'Blue Butterflies Celtic Knotwork' artwork, I decided to work on a piece with tortoiseshell butterflies, which I think are one of our prettiest butterflies...
I create my pieces digitally from elements that I've hand-drawn individually - I scan them into the computer and put them together in Adobe Illustrator - here's how it went...
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