Gwynevere: The Midnight Druid

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Erica Patoka

This picture is a sequel to the 'Merlin' highlighter/ black ink pen work I had so much previous fun with. It depicts King Arthur's wife, Gwynevere, in the woods at night, performing some fireside pagan rituals. The Celtic symbols used in this piece are all variations of the Triskele, standing for all the elements of the Earth (land, water, fire, etc) and their relation to man's physical and mental journey throughout life. Historical legend tells that Gwynevere (I used some artistic license in the spelling of her name...) was not merely Launcelot's lover, and King Arthur's barren wife, but that she also secretly was not the devout Christian that the people of the land expected her to be, and she would practice the old pagan religion alone in the night when possible. Neon pink highlighter makes everything more fun, and the song, 'Guinnivere' by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young definitely had a strong influence. I also think accidentally, this Gwynevere turned out looking a bit like Joni Mitchell. I SWEAR it was a complete coincidental accident.


Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology



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