Freya (Print)

Regular price $15.00

Ellen Dugan's The Enchanted Cat strikes again. After it inspired my rendition of Bast, I finally read a little further into the book and found the section on Freya. As soon as I found out she was significantly linked with the lynx (one of my favorite animals), I was off working on a new rendering of her (which is significantly better than my earlier, feebler attempts). This version includes a lynx (of course), her skirt is inspired by the aurora borealis (which was said to be created from the reflection off her armor), her falcon feathered cloak (which I made into more of a capelet so as not to obscure the rest of her), her amber necklace (which should be gold, I realize in hindsight; though at the time I chose silver to show off the chunk of amber better and create a better contrast against her skin)...and I made her a redhead instead of a blonde. I have this strange idea that goddesses of love should be red heads...I can't seem to shake it. ;)

An excerpt from the aforementioned inspiring book:
"The Norse goddess Freya was the leader of the Valkyries and a goddess of love and beauty, magick, and shapeshifting. Freya is typically portrayed as a gorgeous, full-figured, blue-eyed blonde. She wore a cloak of falcon feathers that enabled her to shapeshift. She had a golden necklace named Brisengamen, and Freya traveled about the skies flying in a chariot drawn by two grey lynx-types of large cats. One of her titles was 'Mistress of Cats.' The cat was a companion, a favored animal sacred to the goddess Freya."
-The Enchanted Cat, Ellen Dugan

The original piece was done in watercolor and pencil on rag paper, measuring 11 x 7".

This print (THIS LISTING IS FOR THE PRINT, NOT THE ACTUAL PAINTING) measures 8" X 12" (the painting has a 1/2" white border). It is a lovely reproduction of the original work, on photo matte paper. This listing is for the print only, no frame or matting will be included. It will be shipped in a plastic sleeve and sturdy cardboard mailer.