Category Archives: Art
I want to share these photo as well. I already did on facebook. These are also from the Metropolitan Museum, part of their permanent collection.
firstly, the head of a young athlete. I adore this image because it just screams Hermes to me. It reminds me of the Hermes Praxiteles image i have on my shrine and it’s one of my favorite things in the Met’s Greco-Roman collection.
Then there is a dancing Maenad with the most awesome Thyrsus ever.
And the Kharites, the Three Graces
and finally, Herakles.
(all photos are mine, copyright 2017. Do not use without permission)
My oath sister is visiting this week and one of the things we did (between spending a day shopping in Rhinebeck and visiting the Harney and Sons tea shop in Millerton, NY) was stop by my studio. She hadn’t ever seen it and was curious about where I paint. For those of you who might be curious, she took a couple of photos and posted them on her facebook (with my permission) and gave me leave to post them here. (the two bottom photos are by Wyrd Dottir. The first photo is by Mary Ann Glass)
I have this ongoing series of what a friend called my ‘creepy shaman series.’ Two of them and an abstract figure painting are on display at The Gallery@Rhinebeck.
(this is my display at the Gallery)
Wyrd Dottir took a photo of my personal studio and one of my works in progress, which is probably going to be titled “Ariadne.” It’s nowhere near done, but here’s a peek at it so far.
And then she took a shot of a still life in progress. One of these days I’ll figure out how to organize my paint in an efficient, workable fashion. That day is not today. LOL.
You can see a bit of the small, simple shrine I have set up. There’s Hermes, Sarasvati (I don’t have much of a devotion to Her, I”ll admit, but a friend gave me the statue and I got a feeling She might like to be represented in an art space so She gets Her share of offerings), and Dionysos. My Norse Gods have space in the reception area of my studio, but I don’t have a photo of that.
Grace D. Palmer is a professional illustrator who has always been drawn to myths, stories and traditions. In her imaginings of the gods, she focuses on depicting their essential connection with humanity and the historical backgrounds from which we know their worship.
She places a high priority on non-standard ideals of beauty, exploring a more diverse range of human aesthetics. Her influences include the masters of the Northern Renaissance, and early 20th century golden age illustrators.
(Here is Grace Palmer’s beautiful Cybele card)
Grace Ibor says that: “My art is a hobby more than work, per se, so the only website I have is the DeviantArt page I just set up. I have done a few commissions for folks, so if people are interested, I’m happy to hear from them. Grace may be contacted via her deviant art page.
(Here is Grace Ibor’s wonderful and fierce Juno Curitis)
If more people were out making art, maybe we’d have less agony in the world. Art is sacred and I am deeply grateful to each and every one of the artists working with me on this prayer card project for helping to bring more sacred images into the world. A huge thank you to you all.
(all prayer cards pictured are available for purchase here.
Markos Gage, the Dionysian Artist has written a powerful call to creative and artistic arms here. He talks about the importance of art, the jadedness that comes of being saturated to overflowing with crap mainstream images, and the possibility that we can reverse this trend, offering us the rallying cry:”Maybe, just maybe, if we can work together to produce good art for our gods we can break the jadedness of mainstream culture…”
Food for thought, folks. food for thought. This is partly why I’m so committed to my prayer card project.
Brandon has the honor of having created the very first prayer card in the collection, a card of Mani for which I have the original icon. You might find his artist’s bio strange coming from me, but I know him personally and he walks his very respectful talk.
“Brandon E. Hardy is a spiritworker and follower of Jesus, but has not found it to be an exclusive relationship. He creates devotional art with the intent of returning even a few likenesses of the Gods to Their devotees after the many centuries of destruction done by Christians. Some of his art can be found on a far-too-infrequently updated DeviantArt profile here and due to the nature of his work he takes commissions on a widely sliding scale, including barter.”
(the very first prayer card, Brandon’s “Mani.” One day soon, i’ll get around to having a card made of his icon of Mani and Unn. It’s currently sitting beneath my Mani shrine, in a place of honor. Must. take. to. printer. :))
As part of my shout out to the artists who’ve worked with me on prayer cards, today I want to profile Lykeia, Halldora, Markos and Wayne, and Ptahmassu Nofra U’aa. I promised to post each profile as soon as I got them from my artists and all of these arrived one after the other in my inbox so you get to check them all out at once. I’m so awed by their art, serously — and I say that as an artist. Their work is beautiful and opens doors for the Gods. Let’s learn a little bit about them:
Lykeia is a priestess of Apollo who paints, sculpts, and crafts sacred images and items. She maintains an Etsy shop here, a fineartamerica shop here, and also takes orders via her facebook page here. She does take commission work. Check out her shop folks.
Here is a sneak peak of her next prayer card: Mars.
Halldora is an artist and art major who also works in a number of different media. She has an artistic presence at Etsy, at Deviant Art, on facebook, at artstation, at behance, on Society6, and Tumblr. Go look at her art. It’s stunning. She does take commission work. (I particularly recommend checking out her tarot deck on etsy. It’s a powerful and magical thing. Using these cards is like slipping into a fairy tale world completely infused with magic. The only other deck I’ve used so good at opening doors in one’s magical consciousness is the Crowley deck. I tried to leave a review of them at etsy, but wasn’t able to. Go, look at them. they’re gorgeous).
Here is a look at her Gaia card.
Wayne McMillan and Markos Gage are an artistic partnership – Pan Fine Art. Known locally in the city of Melbourne, Australia, for their street art. They also offer limited services for devotional art for polytheists. Their specialist theme is Greek gods and mythology. Markos is a Hellenic polytheist and devotee of Dionysos.
Here is their Dionysos card.
Ptahmassu is a sacred craftsman who specializes in Kemetic icons. This is what he says about his work:
“I regard my work as a Kemetic iconographer as the continuation of a five-thousand year old tradition of crafting sacred images that become the repository of the very Gods they represent. In these regards, I do not see my work as an exercise in modern art, painting for the sake of expressing the view my human ego has of my world. Although this is a perfectly legitimate and respectable profession, the profession of icon making comes from a completely different impulse, and it should be- if being applied correctly- an impersonal act to glorify the deity, not the artist.
My icons are not Egyptology/ archaeology art, nor are they “mythological” art. I have maintained a lifelong passion for ancient Egyptian culture, art and archaeology, which of course includes the avid study of Egyptology and the discoveries and scholarship of academic Egyptologists; however, my practice of Kemetic iconography is not part of an intellectual exercise or exploration of Egyptian history and “mythology”. It is instead a vital component of the living practice of my religion, which is the original and ancient religious tradition of the Egyptian people.
The Goddesses and Gods I paint and gild through my craft are the same Gods worshiped by the Egyptians millennia ago, and these are gods who receive our worship, hear our prayers, heal our bodies, provide joy and redemption, and grant us eternal life. They are not the superstitious byproducts of a defunct civilization and dead religion, nor a “New Age” concept of divine archetypes of a single, unified supraconsciousness.
The Gods, the Netjeru I consecrate in my icons, are living gods with their own personalities, powers, spheres of influence, and unique relationships with their devotees. They exist, each in their own right, independent of human thought and human will; and yet interact with us, court our worship and our devotion, and interact with us through our prayers and desires. To know their love is to know the unconditional love of a parent to a child, and the ultimate reality of creation through which immortality is possible.
The religion of the ancient Egyptians was founded upon cultic service, performing ritual actions that directly linked the physical human world with the spiritual realm of the Netjeru or Gods. Unlike the Abrahamic faiths, the traditions of the book, the Egyptians did not fix the practice of their beliefs upon abstract philosophical thought or authoritative doctrine. Instead, they communed with their Gods through the activities of the temple, and the consecration of images and ex-vottos that were central to private worship. The ancient Egyptian way to the Sacred was through doing, not believing, and vital to this process was the presence of the cult image, the ba or sekhem.
Egyptian temples were established as the literal houses of the Gods on earth, and within their grandiose spaces were maintained specially charged and consecrated images that were held to be an earthly counterpart to the ethereal bodies of the Gods. These images were the focus of enormous cult industries, whose entire purpose was the maintenance of the cosmic order (Ma’at) by way of drawing the Gods through directly into the world They had created. Through such a reciprocal relationship, where human beings bestowed offerings of precious goods and sacred rites, the Gods were engaged into giving humankind the vital ingredients to sustaining life- both here on earth and in the hereafter.
In the current era, burgeoning spiritual communities and solitary practitioners are emerging with the desire to reconnect humankind with these ancient Gods, and to restore the vital rites by which such a sacred relationship may thrive again. The original iconographic forms of the Netjeru are being called forth, revived, and given new life by artisans working within the authentic Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) canon.
Through the establishment of my iconography business, Icons of Kemet, I am committed to the service of the Netjeru through the creation of holy images that may once again become the focus of devotional cultus. Thus the icons of Icons of Kemet are not decorative art objects or showpieces of the mythological, but serve, rather, as the earthly counterparts to living gods. These are embodiments of sacred beings who still have a vital role to play in the destiny of the human condition.”
Where to find the work of Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa online:
Here is his Ra card.
So check them out and Artists, a huge, huge thank you for all your hard and beautiful work.
I’ve been running my prayer card project for at least three years now and during that time I have had the pleasure of working with numerous and very, very talented artists. Their art has been inspired and it’s been a real privilege partnering with them. Over the next week or so, I want to give a shout out to each of them so I’ll be posting their sites and where you can go if you want to commission anything from them. Art is sacred and a powerful conduit to the Gods and I really think we should be supporting our own. This is a good way to do that.
To that end, I’ve emailed as many of the artists as I can with whom I’ve worked on my prayer cards and asked them to let me know where you can go to buy their stuff. As responses trickle in, I’ll be sharing that info here, starting with artists Lynn Perkins and Basil Blake.
Lynn Perkins creates gorgeous prayer cards, including the immensely popular Odin, and most recently the Gersimi and Hnossa cards. She maintains an art blog here and a separate site where she profiles a very different type of art: handmade art dolls. Her work is lush and evocative and she does take commissions. She’s currently working on cards for the sea Goddess Ran and the Ocean God Aegir.
(Odin by Lynn Perkins)
Basil Blake has contributed quite a number of cards including Mokosh and Ninkasi. She has an art site here and may also be contacted for commissions. One of the things that I really like about working with so many different artists is the varying styles and interpretations (sometimes of the same Deity) that result. The cards that Ms. Blake has done are delicate, colorful and remind me strongly of certain types of folk art. They’re quite appealing. (She’s currently working on a Cernunnos card for me).
(Ninkasi by Basil Blake)
All the currently available prayer cards may be purchased here.
Stay tuned, more to come soon. 🙂
Torn fire glares,
the barest rune of ruin
on a stretched out throat –
No loss is token,
this charade of not-death.
All of me is ancestor.
Let us resurrect!
Let us resurrect
free now to move forward.
We cannot live on cold blood alone.
Ancient, iron-grey King of Glory,
King of warriors:
without Him I scarcely breathe.
I offered Him all that I am.
All fire passes through me.
Brutality blossoms into something beautiful.
Light wolves and dark wolves howled through the day,
Taking in the storm,
Doing holy things to the ordinary.
There is a holiness to exhaustion.
My own mouth is dreamed to thirst the long desire-ways;
now barefoot I tread on shards,
so mastered by the brute blood of the air
and madness, madness,
the space of a sigh.
I carry Your heart with me.
I am never without it,
Heroically lost, heroically found.
I have lived in the midst of Gods.
I am content.
I am content.
I am proof of the power of the Gods.
[With respect to Monica Youn, Brenda Shaughnessy, Louise Bogan, Annie Finch, Kay Ryan, Ezra Pound, Beowulf/Seamus Heaney, Mirabai, Cecilia Llompart, Geffrey Davis, Alma Luz Villanueva, Elizabeth Willis, Pamela Spiro Wagner, Carrie Fountain, Natalie Diaz, Vera Pavlova, W.B. Yeats, Angelina Weld Grimke, e.e. cummings, W.B. Yeats, Book of the Coming forth by day/Normandi Ellis.]
I have updated my Etsy shop to include two original acrylic paintings. Check out the site and click on the “art” category on the menu on the left.
One of the new additions is an 18×24 acrylic titled “Ossuary I,” my impression of the skulls in Brno ossuary in the Czech Republic, and the other is a 16×20 kneeling nude.
There will be more to come soon, folks. Stay tuned.
I have started a shop at red bubble.com. I have four of my images uploaded and they can be purchased in a variety of formats. Check it out here.
The images available are “persephone” (same image as the prayer card), “Shamaness,” (an acrylic painting that I did earlier this year), a photograph of a grouping of skulls from Brno ossuary, and “Dionysos” (the cover image from Sacramentum).
Red bubble is kind of cool. it allows these images to be printed as stickers, bags, cups, pillows, notebooks, cards, etc.