Goddess in a landscape (Vanaheim)

This is a painting that I began last Tuesday. I’m taking part in a collaboration again for Artipeeps arts group based in Cambridge England. We’re taking inspiration from the Norse sagas: a mix of artists, poets and musicians. The artists have been assigned a ‘realm’ each to be inspired¬† by. Mine is Vanaheim. I’ve been researching this but am finding it strangely illusive to visualise. The people who lived in this realm supposedly had a very strong sense of community and are often associated with wisdom, fertility and magic. I’m going with archetypes to begin with. I found a very old life-drawing which has a Goddess feel to it. I used her for the figure in the landscape I created. Here are the stages of making the piece. It’s not complete and I have ideas for the God, so watch this space!