February 03, 2009

Bright Plumes



"Ostare"

I had a blissful day to paint today, I've been carrying this sketch with me for a few weeks and was strangely hesitant about her colors. I also wasn't quite sure who she was. When she first appeared in my sketchbook I called her harpy. Her face however seemed a bit to sweet for that. (although I'm quite certain even harpies have their good days). As you might have noticed I lean toward soft colors in spite of myself. Pale however wouldn't due, the bird woman called for bright plumes and turned out so regal I realized she must be a spring goddess. So Ostare she is, I found so many spellings for her I hope I selected the proper one.
I found an account of her having a rabbits head and woman's body. I'd love to paint her in that form as well. I believe the same article called rabbits her minions which made me grin. Don't you love the idea of rabbit minions?

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11 comments:

Sarah said...

She is so sweet faced!!! I adore what you have done with her hair!!! Darling!!!

Saskia said...

This is great work!

Greetings,

Saskia

ruthie said...

Hello, i came across to visit from Moonlight & Hares, it was the name of your blog that intrigued me and a lovely place it is too. Beautiful illustrations. Rabbit minnions - that conjures some wonderful images in my head!

paintandink said...

I love her.

Kelly said...

Beautiful Cat! I love her "plummage"! :-)

BunnyKissd said...

Rabbit minions would totally rock! ^-^

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

Thank you for the kind comments (bird woman is preening :) You all have me picturing rabbit minions hopping in the moonlight!

aquariann said...

Lovely! Her feather cloak is fabulous.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I want a coat just like that!!

threadsofmagique said...

Just browsing through some Faeteam blogs and ran across this beautiful little goddess. Love it!

RowanDevoe said...

I love your new painting! She reminds me of my bird cage skirt dolls who also have bird nests on their heads with eggs in them!

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