The Goddess Freya


Freya is a Norse maiden goddess of love, beauty, fertility, war, wealth, divination and magic.   Traditionally, she is captured in warrior poses with a Viking helmet  and her sword.  Other folklore imagery illustrates Freya in her cloak of bird wings.

For this soft pastel painting, I’ve captured her transformational fairy powers with dragonfly wings that create the wave effect of  northern lights when in flight.

To see more fairy inspired creations, check out this week’s Created Byhand Challenge.


Here is a photogtaph of the work in progress and the photographic reference Natalie was using to create Freya.  She said it was about 80% done at this point.  -Brian


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  1. Posted July 20, 2009 at 8:26 am by Yogi | Permalink

    She’s beautiful. Nice job with the soft pastels.

  2. Posted July 20, 2009 at 1:17 pm by Linda | Permalink

    Beautiful colours!! lovely, Frøya is what she’s call in Norway where I come from :)

  3. Posted July 20, 2009 at 10:22 pm by Natalie Roberts | Permalink

    Thanks Yogi and Linda! Freya was an interesting goddess to paint. For her, I felt called to paint her in a way that illustrated her fairy side, a side that most artists don’t focus on.

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