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Calendar Crows

My Odin’s Ravens: Hugin & Munin layered relief has enjoyed its share of attention since I completed it in late 2014. In 2015, it was featured on PBS’s Detroit Performs and this year it was part of several exhibitions including The Crow Show at the Arts Illiana gallery. For the coming year, Hugin and Munin will nest on the January page of the 2017 Pagan Calendar produced by the Windsong Foundation.windsong-calendar-2017-frontwindsong-calendar-2017-back

The Windsong Foundation’s mission is to lead people to the intersection of history and spiritual growth, celebrating ancient Norse, Celtic and Slavic traditions, rituals and cultures.

The calendar is available through Amazon.  All proceeds from the sale of these calendars go to support the foundation’s mission and to help fund the development of a 38 acre mountain property just outside of Lake George, Colorado, that will serve the pagan community and welcome people from around the world to discover the rich traditions of ancient europe.

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With over half of them now in private collections around the world, I am thrilled to see my Ravens as far flung as their namesakes and being included in the Windsong calendar allows them to reach an even wider audience, including those who are not in a position to purchase one of the original reliefs. I am thus grateful to the Windsong Foundation for helping me spread these fascinating stories of Norse mythology to a modern audience.

If you are interested in owning one of the original reliefs, about half of them (at the time of writing) are still available directly through my online shop. This includes a small number of pieces reserved as “matched sets” with the second piece in the series, the Wolves of Ragnarok: Skol & Hati.

As always, whether you choose to contact me privately or leave a public comment, I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Skol!
~Aric

Faeries of the Wood

Faeries of the Wood is the latest in my triptych series where I attempt to capture a mythological story or concept in three 4-inch tiles.

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Faeries in their modern form have been capturing imaginations for two centuries having gained prominence in the Victorian Age. It was at this time that what we now think of as fairies (beautiful young girls with tiny dresses and delicate wings that spend their time flittering about in the woods) took hold. This image of the faery would eventually lead us to the ultimate form of “cute” fairy – Disney’s Tinkerbell.

To say that this is a far cry from the faeries found in works pre-dating the Victorian Age would be an understatement. While the faeries of old might occasionally help out a human, they were just as likely to be malicious tricksters who delighted in toying with the mortals they encountered. They were powerful and wild forces of nature. While the Victorian Age skewed our idea of faeries as beings far more consistently benevolent, they still retain their magic, mystery and deep connection to nature and these are after all the most important aspects of the faerie folk.

I will explore the earlier forms of faeries in future pieces, but decided to start with something more familiar. So, it is from the modern traditions of Ireland, England and France that I drew most heavily when envisioning my Faeries of the Wood triptych.

Faeries of the Wood is limited to 75 signed and numbered castings presented in cold-cast brass. Each piece is hand numbered, signed and mounted in an elegant beaded frame (available in black or aged walnut).

There is a large number of books available to those who are interested in exploring the world of Faeries. One of my go-to sources on the subject is Anna Franklin’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies. I also enjoy the many books by Brian Froud, whom many consider to be the current embodiment of the faerie spirit.

As always, whether you choose to contact me privately or leave a public comment, I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

~Aric