In Progress: Loki and Sigyn Picture

IN PROGRESS: Straying in Norse Myth now for this piece and traditional in representation. Loki is my favourite character in the myths he is a mischief-maker and often proves both the cause of the gods' problems as well as the solutions, solving them with guile, wit and humour. Honestly some of the things he gets up to are just wonderfully weird. Really Nordic myth are completely crazy and mostly involve Loki misbehaving, showing the gods up, saving their bacon and Thor wanting to smash everything in sight.
Anyway one of my favourite little stories is of Loki and his wife Sigyn. In Poetic Edda and Prose Edda having tricked Hod into killing Baldr with a string of mistletoe Loki and his two sons (by Sigyn), Váli, and Nari (or Narfi) are captured by the Aesir and punished. Váli is changed into a wolf by the gods, and rips apart his brother Nari. The guts of Nari are then used to tbind Loki to three stones, after which the guts turn to iron, and Skaði puts a snake above Loki. Sigyn places herself beside him, where she holds out a bowl to catch the dripping venom. However, when the bowl becomes full, she leaves to pour out the venom. As a result, Loki is again described as shaking so violently that the earth shakes, and this process repeats until he breaks free, setting Ragnarök into motion.

Sigyn is little mentioned in the myths so I have little to go on for her appearance. I'm undecided whether to make her a blonde or a brunette and similarity can't decide the colour of her pinafore apron overdress. I know being married her hair should be covered but I too can't decide whether to give her a wimple or employ artistic license. Anywhoo on her brooches and sleeve decoration I'll be working some embroidery in wolf and snake shapes to hint at her Husband Loki's other children.

In Norse Mythology Loki is a god/jötunn. His appearance too isn't mentioned save "Loki is pleasing, even beautiful to look at." So again much up to me to decide and as with Sigyn his tunic will have nordic embroidery of wolf/snake. Loki is the son of Fárbauti and the Giantess Laufey, and the brother of Helblindi and Býleistr. By the jötunn Angrboða, Loki is the father of Hel, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr. By his wife Sigyn, Loki is the father of Narfi and/or Nari. By the stallion Svaðilfari, Loki is the mother—giving birth in the form of a mare—to the eight-legged horse Sleipnir.

Oil & Graphite on Hardboard

12" X 8"
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