New Children’s Book Illustrations!

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I recently illustrated a children’s book titled, Enid and Her Two Mums, and it’s now out and available for purchase!

I’m so honored to have been a part of this book. This is a heart-warming story about a little girl named Enid and her two mums. It’s filled with lessons in compassion and understanding. Enid learns to love the fact that all families are different, yet they all share one quality, love. She teaches us that children are loved regardless of whether or not they have two parents, one parent or two parents of the same gender.

This story is a great way to teach children how to accept the differences in our world.

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I loved working with the author, Jessica Skogstad and can’t wait to work with her on future books. To check out the book and grab your copy, click this link: http://www.enidandher2mums.com/shop/

If you have a book that you would like me to illustrate, contact me with the details.

Thank you to Jessica for the opportunity!

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Recently Illustrated Children’s Book Covers

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The Mermaid Magic

I recently finished illustrating a series of children’s book covers for a company that sells children’s books in audio versions. There ended up being about 20 illustrations total. These stories were simple and sweet and had lots of great imagery! Really helps to evoke the imagination of the reader. Next I’ll be doing book covers for some nursery rhyme stories for the same company.

Here are some of the book covers I illustrated for this series:

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The Lost Yawn

A girl is on the search for the lost yawn with her teddy bear companion there to help her find it.

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The Beanstalk

A boy finds magic beans and when he plants them, a tall beanstalk grows straight up into the sky. He climbs up to the top to find a room filled with chocolate coins and toys.

 

If you’d like more info about my rates for illustrating your book cover: Contact Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yemaya, Mother of Oceans

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Yemaya also spelled Yemanya, is known as the Mother of the Oceans.

Originating in Africa, her worship spread to the Caribbean and Brazil. She was first known to be a river Goddess worshiped for the rivers of West Africa. She was seen as the source of all water. All waters come from her and all fish were her children. Since life is thought to have originated in the ocean she was also seen as the Great Mother of All.

She was known to cure infertility and help women with childbirth.

She was also seen as being very motherly and protective. In Africa she was known as an Orisha, a very powerful nature spirit. In her myth, it is said that she was brutally raped by her son. After this she fled to a mountaintop and cursed her son until he died. In her sorrows she decided to take her own life. As she died she gave birth to fourteen powerful Orisha, when her water broke it created a great flood which made the seven seas.

Since her worship spread from Africa, she took on different forms in other areas.

In Voodoo she is seen as a moon Goddess. In Brazil she is honored at the Summer Solstice as Mother of the Ocean, white and blue flowers are left as her offering. And in the Caribbean she is viewed as the Great Mother of the Oceans.

In this painting of Yemaya, I wanted to represent her as Queen of the Oceans.

She wears a crown befitting an ocean queen and she has a pearl necklace around her neck. She wears clam shells over her breasts and she has long flowing dark brown locks. She rules over the turquoise ocean and all it’s beautiful creatures.

This painting is available as a print in my shop and prayer cards are coming soon. You can find her in my shop here.

Have you ever worked with Yemaya?

Lilith, Mesopotamian Bird Goddess of Fertility

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The Goddess Lilith

Lilith is known to be the Sumerian/Babylonian Dark Goddess, and Demon Goddess.

It seems as though she might have originally been seen as a Bird Goddess from ancient cultures. She also has strong associations with serpents, and in some of her depictions in earlier myths, she is portrayed as having half of her body in the form of a serpent, and the other half with breasts and that of a woman. Some dispute her origins saying that she was much older than the Sumerian/Babylonian culture. Her most famous depiction and myths comes to us from Hebrew texts in the Story of Adam.

Her original myth from Sumerian culture speaks of her being the “Hand of Inanna”.

She was said to find men in the streets and lead them to the temples of the sacred prostitutes. She was also known to assist in childbirth and infant care. Lilith lived inside the huluppu tree which grew in Inanna’s garden. After a few years, Inanna came out to harvest the tree for a throne she wanted to build, only to find a serpent living at it’s base, a Zu bird with a nest in the branches and the Goddess Lilith living in it’s trunk. Gilgamesh, who was known to be a demigod and a king in Sumerian mythology, helped Inanna remove the snake, and the bird, then he forces out the Goddess Lilith who fly’s away into the dark sky.

In this painting of Lilith I wanted to portray her as a beautiful woman confident in her sexuality.

She has a serpent draped around her shoulders and she stands in a grove of apple trees. This is a representation of her association with the story of Adam & Eve. The original painting of Lilith has already sold but there are limited edition prints available in my shop along with prayer cards. These prints come in sizes of 5×7 or 8×10. You can find the prints and prayer cards by clicking this link >> Lilith prints

Prayer Cards, Now Available in the Devotional Art Shop

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Prayer cards are now available in the devotional art shop!

Do you prefer to recite your own personal prayers in honor of your deities? These prayer cards have a blank back for you to write your own prayers on them. Writing and reciting your own prayers adds meaning to your rituals and makes a bigger impact. We can always read what someone else wrote but reading something we wrote helps us to form a more solid connection with our deities.

This way you can choose a prayer card for your patron deity that someone else made but still add your own personal touch to it.

These allow you to express yourself creatively and have something that’s unique to you and your ritual practice. The prayer cards are meant to be placed on your altar but you can also keep them in other places where you’d like the energy of your deity to be.

Each card is cleansed with sage and infused with the energies of the particular deity.

I suggest you do the same thing when you get yours and to also add your own personal energy and intentions into it. The paper on the back is made of thick, card stock and comes in a yellowish- brown, antiqued color. There’s plenty of room to write a lengthy prayer and you can also add other decorations, designs, sigils or symbols. These will be unique to you so decorate them however you like!

These prayer cards also make great gifts for other devotees or to coven members on sabbat or holiday celebrations.

The art on the front of the card is a print made from the original watercolor painting. All of the prints that are in the shop are printed on sturdy, matte photographic paper. To check out the selection of prayer cards currently available please click here.

Which deity would you like to see a painting or prayer card of next?

Isis, Egyptian Mother Goddess

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Some of the work I do requires me to pour my whole soul into it.

Certain paintings and illustrations take everything out of me. I know when a particular painting is taking me a long time to finish, it means that there’s a  little piece of me infused in the artwork. This was the case with Isis.

Isis is the Egyptian Mother Goddess of the Universe.

She is wife to her beloved Osiris and mother to the falcon-headed God Horus. She is often depicted with Horus suckling at her breast. Isis is a loving and motherly Goddess who was extremely popular with the Egyptian people. The people viewed her as one of them and as being on their level.

She was seen as the oldest of the old, the Goddess from which our world arose.

She was depicted with wide outstretched wings, and a sun disc crown on her head. In a hieroglyphic hymn to Isis, she was described as, “She who made light with her feathers and wind with her wings”.

In this painting of Isis I wanted the emphasis to be on her regalness.

She has the vulture crown of bronze feathers up on her head along with the sun disc and uraeus serpent. She wears a choker make of lapis, malachite and red jasper. She also wears crushed green malachite over her eyes. Her makeup is done in typical Egyptian fashion and she holds an ankh under her breasts.

Prints  of this painting are available in my shop on etsy and prayer cards will also be available in my shop very soon!

Saint Cyprian

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Saint Cyprian is the patron saint of necromancers and sorcery.

He was a real person who was born in Carthage around the beginning of the 3rd century C.E. He grew up in a Pagan family and was said to have been taught sorcery at a very young age. His magickal studies took him around the world to places like Greece and Egypt where he learned ancient mysteries and perfected his sorcery.

When he came back from his travels he settled in Antioch and started working as a professional sorcerer.

There he met and fell in love with Justina a young Christian woman. It is said that he tried to magickally force Justina to fall in love with him but because she did her prayers everyday and always marked herself with the sign of the cross, he was unsuccessful. So Cyprian decided to renounce sorcery and converted to Christianity.

Or so the story goes.

Cyprian went to the church to give confession and to be baptized and he eventually became a bishop and Justina became a nun. The two were later martyred by the governor Claudius because they would not renounce Christianity.

In this painting I wanted to portray Saint Cyprian as both a Pagan and a Christian.

He wears the bishops hat and holds his crozier (curved bishops staff). He also holds a skull and has the Ponto Riscado sigil (magickal symbol) on his hat. He is typically portrayed wearing a purple cloak which is represented in this painting.

This original painting was custom made for a devotee of Saint Cyprian but prints of this painting will be available soon!