Banshee

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Amy Letts

Watercolour again. Done for the ElfTown 'It takes 2 (two)' Contest with Emily Carding-Allen. It's supposed to look like her but I'm not sure that it does, but then I don't really think of her as a Banshee! (Bet you're glad, aren't you Em?) This is one of those pictures that took a lot of research before it was all put together. It is a combination of Banshee and Washer Woman Mythos which are sometimes connected. The Banshee is said to stand on the roof scream to fortell the death of someone inside. Sometimes they are portrayed as evil, but that isn't really true. It is believed that they may be ghosts of loved ones crying in hopelessness at a death which they cannot prevent. Thus the tear. It is in Irish Mythology that Banshees wear green and it obviously looks better against the red background. I had endless fun dribbling paint down this one in order to make it look like blood. The cloth in her hand is the Washer Woman connection. The washer woman is said to wash the blood stained clothes of a person who is soon to die. Altogether a tragic piece. Emilys' half of this is myself as a Gorgon.


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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