Tuesday, 29 October 2013


I have wanted to do a shiny, black board for a while now and this year's little board is perfect, I already think of it as THE BLACKBIRD. I want to capture the almost there detail of feathers and that beautiful iridescent petrol/oil like sheen. My story behind the story is the sirens of the sea, the mythological harpy. "Winged Maidens, daughters of the Earth" dangerous and beautiful creatures.

Sirens combine women and birds in various ways. In early Greek art Sirens were represented as birds with large women's heads, bird feathers and scaly feet. Later, they were represented as female figures with the legs of birds, with or without wings, playing a variety of musical instruments, especially harps. The tenth century Byzantine encyclopedia Suda[17] says that from their chests up Sirens had the form of sparrows, below they were women, or, alternatively, that they were little birds with women's faces. Birds were chosen because of their beautiful voices. Later Sirens were sometimes depicted as beautiful women, whose bodies, not only their voices, are seductive. (WIKIPEDIA)

p.s as this is a mood board I have not included links for the images, the rights rest with the original owners

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