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Fantasy Paintings

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These paintings are inspired by the myths and legends of ancient peoples, by the archetypes of the old tales, and by a deep sense of certainty of the connectedness of all things, our sacred connection to the earth, and the magical reality behind the illusion of dense materialism. These are paintings of creatures and places we encounter in dream or trance, and our relation to them.

 

The Woodwife, or Green Woman, is a figure from Celtic mythology, similar to the Green Man, but less well known.  She is the dryad of Greco-Roman mythology, the more ancient Artemis, the woodwife of Sweden, and the elf maiden of Scandinavia and Germany.  All are spirits of the forest, the protectors, inhabitants or spirits of trees and sacred groves.  In some of the tales the woodwife is a trickster, seducing men into harm; in others, she is a benevolent spirit who rewards those who respect the forest.  The legends are many, but the common thread is that she is fey, a changeling more animal than human despite the somewhat human aspect of her appearance, and essentially uninterested in the affairs of men except as they might serve her interests or amuse her.  My painting is an image of the legend that says she exists invisibly in the heart of an oak tree, but at sunset can emerge, take human form, and walk about the forest.  So here, she emerges from her tree, adorned with the elements and symbols of nature–plant, animal and bird.

  

For tens of thousands of years, before mankind lost his way in the cold dead world of materialism, his heart knew that he lived in a sacred space, surrounded by  life, by levels of being with which he shared his soul.  He saw, felt and communed with the spirits which animate and give form to everything. This connection is subtle and delicate, paved over with asphalt today, silenced by the perpetual cacaphony of so-called civilization, and uncomprehended by  most. There remain, however, certain magical places, far from the cities and inaccessible by noisy rolling metal cages, where the illusion of materialism is less dense, and one can see into dimensions behind the obvious.  When the moon is visible thru the branches of an old oak tree in such a place, gaze for a while and you may see the edge of another space, another plane.

 

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Moon Tree, a painting by Jessica Maring
Enigmata, a painting by Jessica Maring

Enigmata is a dark, surrealistic painting, having to do with our relationship, or lack thereof, to Gaia.  I painted this having just moved from a tiny village in a serene mountain  forest setting to the middle of an enormous dirty city, or “megaslopolis” as I term the sprawling rash of asphalt and concrete that’s slowly obliterating nature. (You’ll be happy to know I didn’t stay there long.) Having lost our sense of connection to the earth or awareness of her as our mother, human kind builds constructs, both physical and mental, which damage the environment we must live in, and lead nowhere but to emptiness, an impoverishment of life on all levels.  The eleventh hour has come, and is passing quickly.  Will enough of us awaken in time to heal ourselves and our mother?

 

 

The Woodwife, a painting by Jessica Maring

“Enigmata”, Acrylic on Paper, 12” x 9”

An acrylic painting about foolishness

“Moon Tree”, Acrylic on Paper, 18” x 18”

An acrylic painting about magic

“The Woodwife”, Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 40”

An acrylic painting about a woodland spirit

The Woodwife
Moon Tree
Enigmata