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The Morrighan by Renilicious The Morrighan by Renilicious
The Morrighan - Entry for =lindowyn-stock's Irish Deities mini contest.
Update: Contest is over - I WON!! *happydancing*

I was going to take this piece in a totally different direction, but then I came across this...

The Washer of the Ford
There is a lonely stream afar in a lone dim land:
It hath white dust for shire it has, white bones bestrew the strand:
The only thing that liveth there is a naked leaping sword;
But I, who are a seer am, have seen the whirling hand
Of the Washer of the Ford.

A shadowy shape of cloud and mist, of gloom and dusk, she stands,
The Washer of the Ford:
She laughs, at times, and strews the dust through the hollow of her hands.
She counts all the sins of men there, and slays the red-stained horde-
The ghosts of all the sins of men must know the whirling sword
Of the Washer of the Ford

She stoops and laughs when in the dust she sees a writhing limb:
"Go back into the ford," she says, "and hither and thither swim;
Then I shall wash you white as snow, and shall take you by the hand,
And slay you here in the silence with this my whirling brand,
And trample you into the dist of this white windless sand"-
This is the laughing word
Of the Washer of the Ford
-- Fiona Macleod


Awesomely inspiring. I personally liked the juxtaposition of the mention of the sword and the fact that the stock I used shows her as holding a feather. Again, she's another legend I've always seen as benevolent rather than malevolent.

Thanks to =lindowyn-stock for the inspiration to do one of these.

Detail: [link]
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The Morrighan: =lindowyn-stock (Who else could play the part? Seriously, now.)
Crow: ~stockmichelle
Background: #resurgere and ~Legends-Stock
Mist brushes: ~spiritsighs-stock
Textures: ~darkrose42-stock
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blackcatrock Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Very beautiful! Like the spooky mood you've created.
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Amarinth Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The Morrigan was not always depicted as malevolent. Those depictions are more modern.
Also, nice art. It isn't often one finds such a stunning portrayal of the Morrigan where she isn't depicted as a monster.
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, so much! And yes, I find that many mythical legends have several facets to their characters. I like to choose the less obvious ones on occasion. :)
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Amarinth Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I laud you for taking on the Morrigan at all, much less a less-obvious facet of her.
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi your exquisite art has been featured here:[link]
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :love:
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning piece, congratulations on winning :heart:
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much.
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure, that is a stunning piece :heart:
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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
First of all, huge Celtic mythology lover speaking lol. Personally, my favorite deity is Morrigan. :)

Second, such a wonderful image here! I love the composition of where she is and not to mention the all-around lovliness of this. Good idea to include the raven in the upper portion of the picture, as well.

- Faved -
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the great feedback.
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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Your welcome. :)
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Faoiltiarna-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This has been featured here: [link] !
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Faoiltiarna-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
So very welcome!
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Faoiltiarna-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on your first place, I must admit the picture blew me away, and the poem beneath it did rather daunt me. I know mine is no where near as good, but I do hope you like your prize!

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Elandria Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Congrats on first place!! As part of your gift pack you can choose a pack of exclusive stock from my gallery here - [link] Just let me know which pack you want!
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG... it's going to be impossible to choose. LOL
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Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
:giggle: Just about to note you now ;)
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Artistic-Emphasis Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
This has been featured here [link] and congrats
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you!!!

*totally stoked*
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Artistic-Emphasis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
You are very welcome
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Big congrats to the first place in the contest!!!!! :party:
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks heaps! :)
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CindysArt Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:glomp:
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dancingemlin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
I love the mood of this piece. And the raven's shadow on the water made me happy :D good luck in the contest!
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I was happy when I added the shadow too. It added some perspective. :) Thanks for the lovely comment. :)
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lindowyn-stock Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
Brilliant work! Thanks so much for entering! :party:
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankee!
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