Thursday, 12 May 2011
I am currently taking a brilliant course at The Princes Drawing School, called 'Animals and Art'. Animals... Art, my two favourite topics in life ever. :) I always think it's important to keep pushing oneself, and drawing animals who usually decide to move, just when you are about to finish your picture is without a doubt a challenge. This course is 10 weeks, so expect many more animal pictures!:)
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
I absolutely adore this book. It is a rare, magical tale which weaves it's narrative into your very being with glittering threads. An Ogham Wood is a tale of love, loss, grief, redemption, the faerie faith, the earth, the sea, and what it means to have a soul. I felt moved to write a review for this book as I feel An Ogham Wood deserves to be read and re read by many, many people. I guarantee that whilst you are reading it you will have at least 'one foot in faerie!'
This book is a hero's tale with a human twist, showing that dark things can not only happen to good people, but sometimes must be done by good people, and the results of what this can do to the human psyche. It's a faerie myth which spans thousands of years and sings to your soul as well as firing your imagination.
I think the most striking thing about An Ogham Wood is that it feels real. To me this book is a real, living, breathing myth which grips you from the very beginning, til long past the last page. There are some things in life which just feel 'right', like they've always existed in some form or another, and we are simply waiting to rediscover them. This book, in the best possible sense is a beautiful example of one of these instances.
I love the characters, the folklore and I love the beautiful dark mysteries and light laughter of faery which are woven so well throughout this story. And yes, I was crying whilst reading it on the train, as I approached the final chapters...
The wonderful cover artwork by Marc Potts is absolutely beautiful and works with the book so well.
It's hard to sum up such a well researched, rich and emotive book, but all in all this story teams with ancient mystery, and is a must for those interested in magic, faery, or simply for those who enjoy a poignant love story...
I can't wait to read more of Cliff Seruntine's books...
Here's a link to the book on Amazon.
At the Magical Faery Festival in Canterbury, April 2011 - Photo by Leon Staden
A wonderful time was had at both faerie events, I met so many lovely, magical people, sold some art and got very inspired!
Roll on more events! xx
I do have some new art to show you, but Mercury Retrograde was unkind to me leaving me with a broken scanner, a3 printer amongst other things! So I'll post my new work up as soon as possible. However in other news: I am the Featured Artist in Faenation this month! Yippeee!
Please go and have a look and say Hi, it's a beautiful site and a must for all faery fans...