Bastet–watercolor and gouache on board–Samantha Garrett–May 2015

The final illustrative painting assignment was the light at the end of my tunnel; the end of an extremely stressful academic year would come to a close with an assignment of any medium in any style of a human figure that was partially an animal. I knew immediately what I wanted to do, too–Bastet, not as some weird sexy misunderstanding or some inexplicably white goddess of vaguely Egyptian stuff. I mean, don’t get me wrong, this might not be the best representation out there, but I tried really hard to be respectful while still channeling odd hairless cats, a vision of Bastet roaming the Nile delta with her weird cat gang picking up improperly stored mummified cats. I had a vision in my head, and I achieved it…I didn’t know I could do that. 

anonymous asked:

Hey! um, sorry to bother you, but can you recommend me some book about mythology? I'm just begin into and, I don't know, you seems to know a lot about. (PS: I'm sorry about my terrible english)

Hello! If you want to know about Greek mythology, you should take a look at this post. There’s pretty much all I could think of for beginners.

If you want to learn about other cultures, I can think of a few things as well. Please know that it’s absolutely not exhaustive though; I’m not as well-read as I should on that matter.

- The Poetic Edda
- The Prose Edda, by Snorri Sturluson
- Icelandic legendary sagas 

- La Morte d’Arthur, by Thomas Malory
- The Arthurian Romance, by Chrétien de Troyes
- Beowulf

West and South Asia
- One thousand and one nights

These are my favourite, and those I know most about. Enjoy!

Zeus and Hera, 1940s style. I felt like sort of expanding the Hadestown universe into more possibilities? So here Zeus is some swaggering, womanizing pilot ace and Hera is on the home front  shrewdly running the family business and looking fabulous while she’s at it. When the war ends and the boys come back home, she’s gonna have a word or two to say to her husband about the rumors of his behavior overseas…

Anyways I had a fun time coming up with their color schemes!!

Places like this restore my faith in fairies.

“Where is Fairyland? Here, there … Somewhere … It is just around the corner, under a rose-bush, in a hallow tree; deep in the moonlit forest, veiled by the morning mist that hangs over the meadow - fairies inhabit another dimension, but it is not so far from our own. In fact, it is very close. Their world interpenetrates ours, but because it vibrates at a different frequency, it is glimpsed only at certain times and places, by the fortunate and gifted." 

A quote from my lovely fairy book that I purchased from a cute market in Cornwall. It’s The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey. A must have for anyone who loves to indulge in a little fantasy.

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Divinity is not a curse, they tell you as you watch your mortal lover wither like fruit, before they even get the chance to see a star born, before they even taste infinity, before they breathe in the cosmos and see destiny spread out before them, not like a map, but like a promise.

It is not a curse.

You think you know better. What else but a curse is watching mountains crumble into dust while your hands stay steady? What else but a curse is watching trees die and return to the earth while your feet keep treading on their creator? 

You know better.

If it wasn’t a curse, you would be able to hold their hand without counting the wrinkles on their palm, trying to find where the lifeline ends as sharply as a story. If it wasn’t a curse, you wouldn’t keep taking as many photographs as memories, because the former lasts longer.  If it’s a blessing, a gift, a present, why can’t you pass it on?

—  Divinity isn’t a divine feeling. (A.V.P)

in my pet d&d setting every star is a god that died because people stopped worshiping it. the star gets a new name. you can ritualistically summon these dead gods but if you fuck it up that’s how meteors happen. some cults worship the stars themselves but that is invariably a fucked up and bad scene.