Saturday, 31 March 2012

Pen and ink drawing- 'Primordia' - work in progress

Two days ago I started work on a new tree drawing which I'm not expecting to have a very wide appeal...a decidedly odd tree, which never-the-less appeals to me..and wants to be drawn...! So I must oblige...

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

How Odin, god of poetry and inspiration, received the Runes

In the Icelandic Havamal ( words of the High One) it is written that:

I know that I hung on the windswept tree,
For nine days and nine nights,
I was pierced with a spear, and given to Odin,
Myself given to myself,
On that tree, which no man knows,
From which roots it arises.
They helped me neither with bread,
Nor with drinking horn.
I took the Runes,
Screaming, I took them,
Then I fell back from that place.

Friday, 23 March 2012

'Brigghu Massie' Completed drawing and verse

I, Brigghu Massie, swift and strong
Listen for the Forest song..
I, Brigghu Massie, standing proud
Raise my head and bellow loud..
I, Brigghu Masseie reign supreme
In sacred sunlit Forest Dream.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Pen and ink drawings - work in progress

   I began work on this drawing two days ago, splitting my time between it, and my new pyrography on wood... still quite a lot to do before it is completed...

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Pyrography ( Wood-burning) - First pieces

Two weeks ago I treated myself to a pyrography machine which will enable me to create designs on wood and wood products. Some of my designs should be particularly suitable to use in this way, and I am looking forward very much to exploring this new medium. Here are my first can follow my progress on my new facebook page -Hug-the-Tree, as I intend to keep my 'Enchanted Art' blog primarily for showcasing my traditional art.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Love-lore Tree Song

A few days ago my long awaited 'Little Minstrel' harp/lyre arrived from America and I have now used it to compose a simple song to go with my Love-lore Tree drawing. It is very easy to compose using this instrument as it is tuned to the pentatonic scale- a scale of five notes.
        Here are the words for my new song:

        Tie a red ribbon round the Love-lore Tree,
        Walk three times around her - your True love to see.
        Love-lore Tree! Love-lore Tree!
        Flowers pink and red -
        Show me now my True Love,
        The One whom I shall wed...

        Walking now together, round the Love-lore Tree,
        Hand-in-hand forever, my True Love and me.
        Love-lore Tree! Love-lore Tree!
        Flowers pink and red -
        Now I've found my True Love
        Tomorrow we'll be wed...

Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Love-lore Tree - completed drawing

Here is the finished drawing...created using pen and ink with crayon, on textured pastel paper. There is a verse to go with the drawing:
   Tie a red ribbon round the love-lore Tree,
   Walk three times around her- your true love to see... 

Work in progress - 'The Love-lore Tree'

Nearly finished...not quite.