Above: "Holly King Oak King" by Portia St. Luke
"On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs. As if to say, "Well done. Well done, everyone! We're halfway out of the dark." Back on Earth we call this Christmas. Or the Winter Solstice..."
Kazran Sardick, Dr. Who, "A Christmas Carol,"(11th Doctor, Matt Smith)
Every year, I've been asked to come up with a cover for the December issue of one of the publications I've worked for. Now, I was raised very English and very Protestant, so I was pretty well indundated with the traditional yuletide images that follow. However, ancient Europe has a deep, rich history of traditions for celebrating the Solstice, or, as was so elegantly put in Dr. Who, that day when everybody joins together and says, "Well done. Well done, everyone! We're halfway out of the dark."
In so doing, I always challenge myself to look at things a little differently. I've done the Green Man (another Blackfox Winner), Charity, Mother and child (not specifically "the Madonna," but it's the closest I've come), and there's one on the drawing board fo Hades, Persephone and Demeter that's still fighting me. Friends and fans have pointed out the obvious: put together, this has evolved into a set.
I hear you, and I appreciate that kind of love. So, I'm uploading those pieces so that they'll be available as cards. Once they're uploaded, it's pretty easy to turn them into posters, high-end prints on canvas, or t-shirts and other schwag.
First piece, then, in the "Halfway out of the Dark" series: "Holly King, Oak King," available as both displayable art and collectible schwag from LaMagnifica.