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Blodeuwedd by Dreoilin Blodeuwedd by Dreoilin
This image illustrates a story I was reading that comes from Welsh mythology. It's about a woman who betrayed her husband and conspired with her lover to have him murdered, so she's punished by being transformed into an owl.

I spent a long time on this one so I was determined to finish it, but I really didn't like it very much once I was finished :(
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LowriCH Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
THIS IS AWESOME!
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NonieR Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Nicely drawn and colored, so I'm sorry to hear you don't like the result. My only suggestion, if you wanted it, would be to show Blodeuwedd turning into the owl rather than loosing as though she might be creating/casting it, but that's minor.

My sister wrote a song using this legend to talk about abuse and how it kills the more open and innocent person the victim COULD have grown up to be: Blodeuwedd was created out of flowers to be Llew's wife without her consent to either the transformation or the marriage, and when (as the song points out) she can no longer be the innocent flower she was intended to be, and therefore acts with the same human impulses and selfish greed that both Llew and her creator/transformer Gwyddion showed her, she herself causes harm in turn--and SHE is blamed entirely and punished for it, while they consider themselves justified and blameless.

The myth, like all good myths, is complex and shows every one of us something new. Thanks for evoking it here!

--Nonie
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bozac Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm sorry you don't like it - I think it's wonderful!
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silvermoon442 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! :love: I simply adore the detail.
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Blue-iPod Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This is so cool!
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you know why an owl? What is the concept of the owl within Welsh lore?
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Dreoilin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I think in the story it was her punishment that she would never dare show her face to the light of day again, and that all other birds would hate her- so that was why owls come out at night and other birds don't like them.
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MysticaFaery Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
This is Awesome! Love the owl :D
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AsetNuit Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
This is fantastic!
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space-wolf Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece was featured in this week's art post on Wolfish Written: [link]
Hope you don't mind!
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