Friday, July 04, 2008

spring willow


WILLOW (Saille) April 15 - May 12
The willow tree is associated with death, so I find it interesting that it is a spring tree in the Celtic tree calendar. Not only that, mythology states that two sea serpent eggs, which contained the sun and the earth, were hidden in the boughs of the willow tree until they hatched, thus bringing forth earthly life. The moon and the cat are associated symbols.

13 Comments:

Blogger Sling said...

I'm a little slow,so it took me a few moments to realize that you are the creator of these wonderful paintings and drawings..Outstanding!

4/7/08 6:07 PM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Beautiful, Andrea! Did I say beautiful? Yup... Beautiful! heheh!

4/7/08 6:45 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

love, love, love. this one is my favorite!!

4/7/08 9:52 PM  
Blogger Donnnnn said...

I took my daughter to see the Ron Howard's movie 'Willow' while vacationing in Vancouver back in 88...she ran down the aisles screaming because it was so scary and it scarred her for Life.
True story.

4/7/08 10:58 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Sling: Thanks for visiting and yes, this is the blog of a tormented (sometimes) and tormenting artist.

MP: You flatterer, you.

Leah: Thanks! I had to bump up the contrast a bit to get a decent shot (better in person as usual) but you get the idea anyway.

Donnnnnnnnn: I believe you!

5/7/08 8:55 AM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Remind me again what sources you are referring to for the mythology?

I find it amusing how 'authoritative' some of them are, considering the Celts have no written history and nearly everything we know about their supposed belief systems is most likely conjecture at best, complete fabrication at worst.

5/7/08 11:39 AM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

(Mythology notwithstanding, these are all terrific pieces.)

5/7/08 11:40 AM  
Blogger ziggi said...

this is so lovely - I didn't know the willow was associated with death though! :(

Is it cos they weep?

6/7/08 2:03 AM  
Blogger andie said...

I love reading about your thoughts behind a painting. The royal blue in this painting just pops out at me. I'm curious now as to what the cats stand for.

Hugs,
a.

6/7/08 8:54 AM  
Blogger Alda said...

I love willows - they're my favourite tree. Had no idea they were associated with death!

6/7/08 9:14 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Willow and death? Maybe that's why its weeping.

7/7/08 1:38 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I had no idea that the willow tree was a death symbol - fascinating!

Gorgeous art work too...

7/7/08 9:29 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Tara: My sources are various unreliable unline resources. Very scientific, eh? :)

Ziggi: Good question!

Andie: I haven't done enough research to know what the cats stand for; I only know that they're a related symbol. I'll get right on it.

Alda: Only according to the Celts!

Caro: That's what Zig said. Must be a Brit thing. :)

Cynthia: Me neither and thanks!

8/7/08 5:51 PM  

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