Baldr's Murderer, crowned in mistletoe. For the Month of Fear Challenge, Week One: Villains & Anti-Heroes. Graphite and charcoal on toned paper.
For the Month of Love challenge.
Menglöð, from Norse myth. Her name means “jewel-glad.” She is one of the Jotnar (giants), and her lover, Svipdag, endured many trials to win her hand in marriage. Her name fascinates me.
The Unquiet Thought. Acryla gouache & watercolor on paper, 9" x 13".
A while ago, I read that one of Loki's kennings* is 'The Unquiet Thought.' I haven't been able to trace that kenning to its source, but it certainly fits him. There is nothing quiet about Loki. He is restless as the wind. He wanders through the Nine Realms, never truly at peace. His thoughts are haunted, and he haunts the thoughts of others.
This was my first assignment for Rebecca Guay's SmArt School class. She wanted me to use a new medium-- acryla gouache. It's a strange medium. The paint feels almost rough on the brush. I miss the jewel-like clearness of watercolor, but I love the opacity and color of the skin tones I can create with acryla gouache.
*A kenning is a poetic name for something or someone, like calling thunder "Thor's Laughter," or Thor himself "Mjolnir's wielder." Read this article for more about kennings.
Freya - Pencil and white pastel on toned paper.
Freya, the Norse goddess of love and beauty. She was always getting kidnapped or demanded as a bride (sort of like the Norse version of Princess Peach). Freya and her brother, Freyr, were two of the Vanir hostages sent to Asgard after the Aesir/Vanir war.
She owned a legendary necklace, the Brisingamen:
It has been suggested that it was a girdle, and again that it was a piece of amber, but the word men is generally used of a woman’s ornament worn at the neck…The meaning of the name has not been explained, and we do not know whether it was based on a family or tribal name, ‘the necklace of the Brisings’, or whether the reference is to the brightness of the ornament, from a rare form brisingr, ‘fire.’
-Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, H.R. Ellis Davidson
(Wasn't one of Christopher Paolini's books in the Eragon series called Brisingr?)
She had a carriage pulled by cats, and she also owned a feather cloak that let her turn into a falcon. Loki borrowed it several times, and Freya was always very generous about lending it.
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. In these past few weeks I've started a job at a library. While I was driving to my first day of work, my hood latch snapped and the hood flew up and crashed into my windshield. The windshield didn't break, but the hood was wrecked. My car is fixed now, but when I drive I still find myself staring nervously at the hood instead of the road.