Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Winter Shrine

The theme this week over on Gothic Arches is to make a shrine. I'm not sure where the wooden box originally came from, but it was ideal - except that it was black. As a result I've spent quite a bit of time watching paint dry over the last few days.
Having decided on a winter theme, the hardest part was finding bits and pieces to use. I really must start collecting more junk (sorry, I meant ephemera).
The image is a drawing of Beira, a Scottish Goddess associated with Winter (also known as the Cailleach Bheur) perched on the mountain tops. Wherever you go in the world there are local deities associated with Winter. To the Norse she was Skaði, to the Germans Holda or Perchta and so on.

In other news, I'm the lucky winner of some blog candy so there's a nice selection of crafty goodies (and chocolate) winging their way to me. I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to the lovely Lydia for her generosity.


  1. I really like this! A great choice of subjects ....and I love the holly you've included as well as the different names for your winter goddess.

  2. This is lovely Nigel... ai've still not had a go at any challanges .. next year .. maybe?
    Sue B x

  3. I like the winter theme. Great shrine

  4. Beautiful,Nigel!

    I love how you used the lace to get the icey look!
    That's one mighty fine shrine!


  5. beautiful wintry shrine Nigel - very frosty feel to it.

  6. Loved your idea for the shrine gorgeous art!

  7. Wow i love this one, it's gorgeous!
    So many lovely details and at the same time i've learned something about Goddesses ;-)
    Well done!
    Hugs xx

  8. I love the gorgeous scene you created for your shrine! fantastic art! :)

  9. Wow, what a wonderful shrine to Winter. I love it.

  10. Ah, Winter. I really like what you did with your shrine. Let it snow!!!!

  11. Gorgeous work! The icy look on the lace at the top is the perfect touch.