Friday, 21 April 2017


This is a WIP creature design. The background is based on the view from my kitchen window (though I've added in the buildings and removed some trees). I don't know why I felt compelled to give her several breasts, but when I did some research the motivation was revealed (as it often is).

In Roman mythology this many-breasted fertility goddess of the woodlands, wild animals and hunting is known as Diana. In Greek mythology she is Artemis. Artists often portray her as a virgin hunter with bow and quiver, accompanied by maidens, hunting dogs, or deer.

Although she is a 'goddess of light' who represents the moon, Diana is also associated with Hecate - the Greek goddess of darkness and witchcraft who reigns over the kingdom of the dead. In mediaeval times this goddess was denounced as 'queen of the witches' or 'goddess of the heathen'. Religious leaders often referred to her as the 'devil' - a fairly predictable patriarchal response.

This is the second pass. I changed the background colours to make it look more 'distasteful' and made the wings a 'flesh' colour so they integrate with the body better.

I really indentify with this female character. As goddess of forests and hunting, she is pure and virginal. Yet she is also arrogant and vengeful. As moon-goddess she is mercurial and unpredictable. As goddess of the underworld she is unforgiving and bloodthirsty.

Artemis is another classic 'vengeful goddess' - rising up from the collective unconscious because the feminine desperately needs heroes.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

'Yaroma' - WIP update

Life is a bit hectic at the moment. I am working on several pieces at once for my folio submission due at the end of June, for which I will need a minimum of 15. Only 2 are actually finished.....Eeeek!!

This is my interpretation of an Eastern Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime character known as Yaroma.

‘The Yaroma is a creature closely resembling a man, but of greater stature, and having hair all over the body. Its mouth is large, which enables it to swallow a blackfellow whole, without mastication. There are generally two of these monsters together, and they stand back to back, so that they can see in every direction. Their method of locomotion is by a series of long jumps, and at every jump their feet strike the ground with a loud sudden noise, like the report of a gun or the cracking of a stockwhip.

Yaromas have large, long feet, of a different shape to the feet of a human being. When one of these monsters is heard in the vicinity of a native camp during the evening, the people keep silent and rub their abdomens with their hands, and puff or spit in his direction. Some of the headmen or doctors shout out the name of some locality a long way off, and the Yaroma is supposed to depart to that place. If he cannot be dispersed by this means, the men take sticks which have been lighted in the fire — a stick in each hand — and strike them together to throw out sparks. This usually causes the Yaroma to disappear into the ground, making a flash of light as he does so. If a man be pursued by a Yaroma his only means of escape is to jump into a waterhole and swim about, because these creatures cannot wet their feet. They have long teeth, which they sharpen on rocks in the high ranges; and some of the old men aver that they know of rocks where there still remain marks of this tooth-grinding.’

Thursday, 13 April 2017

'make America great' WIP update

Made some lighting & compositional changes. Much happier with it now. Still lots to do.

Saturday, 8 April 2017


I've named my warrior-girl Waalitja. Waalitj is Noongar for 'eagle'.

I wanted her not to be a white Caucasian - kind of 'international' I suppose - because she represents all the wild women, and the warrior deep within all women, who are being oppressed and destroyed by neo-Liberalism, consumerism and the alpha-males who are blindly dragging us all over the cliff of extinction.

The eagle is a special creature - it represents all that soars in human spirit. It is one of my spirit animals. It's cousin, the sea-eagle, often watches over me when I surf.

ends & beginnings

Today marks the end of 16 years of continuous study - starting with an arts degree, on to Honours, a Phd, then graphic design and concept ...