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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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Fossil Fish

Fossil Fish
Created in response to Created Byhand Challenge’s Tuesday theme, Black and White.

The fish might look familiar. It’s one of the six goldfish featured in my most recent soft pastel paintings created for a surreal theme. This fish is actually the original sketch that I applied a photoshop stamp filter to give it that fossil look. I’m think it would make for a smashing father’s day card.

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