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teaganwhite:

Wren Day

gouache & watercolor on paper

(I couldn’t decide which colors I liked best — the blue is a photoshopped alternate version, and the gold is closer to the original painting.)

My piece for the Animystics show at Light Grey Art Lab, opening this Friday! The show is all about the spiritual and mystical ideas associated with different animals, and I chose to illustrate the Wren because of its place in druid lore and celtic mythology.

In one tale, the wren won the title of King of Birds when he hid unnoticed under the feathers of an eagle in a race, and flew ahead at the last second. Ancient druid rituals involved sacrificing a wren at midwinter, and the tradition was carried on into Christian times, with “wrenboys” catching a wren on St Stephen’s Day, tying it to a decorated pole, and marching from door to door in the village wearing costumes made of straw, asking for donations.

My piece was inspired by the St Stephen’s Day (or Wren Day) tradition, which I first learned about from a lovely little song called Wren in the Furze, which you can (and definitely should) listen to here.

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William Eggleston Untitled Flowering Field 1978

William Eggleston Untitled Flowering Field 1978

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ancientpeoples:

Gold heandband with gazelles and a stag 
The Second Intermediate period is a period when the Egyptian throne is ruled by foreigners. This piece is clearly not Egyptian in style and yet it was made in Egypt. 
Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, dynasty 15, 1648 - 1550 BC. 
Probably from the Eastern Delta region. 
Source: metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Gold heandband with gazelles and a stag 

The Second Intermediate period is a period when the Egyptian throne is ruled by foreigners. This piece is clearly not Egyptian in style and yet it was made in Egypt. 

Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, dynasty 15, 1648 - 1550 BC. 

Probably from the Eastern Delta region. 

Source: metropolitan Museum

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6woofs:

Fluffneck Luka (old photo)

6woofs:

Fluffneck Luka (old photo)

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jonklassen2:

some alternate sketches for that Witch’s Boy cover 

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#incredible!!! 

ama-ar-gi:

The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.

 Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.

There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.

Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.

Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls. 

Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham 

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itsmeganshome:

Water Castle by Gustav Klimt
Klimt was one of the founding members and president of the Wiener Sezession , and of the group’s periodical Ver Sacrum.
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itsmeganshome:

Water Castle by Gustav Klimt

Klimt was one of the founding members and president of the Wiener Sezession , and of the group’s periodical Ver Sacrum.

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aleyma:

Horaku, Owl and Bat netsuke, early to mid 19th century (source).

aleyma:

Horaku, Owl and Bat netsuke, early to mid 19th century (source).

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