Sun-Goddess Picture

In many ancient cultures, the Sun was regarded as a feminine entity. Whereas most western mythology now agrees that the sun is masculine, she remains a goddess in other myth systems - for instance, in Japanese Shintoism - and can be quite the interesting character at times.

Elements are dual-natured. Fire can burn in destruction, but it can also warm a person and preserve their life. Water may drown someone and can, over time, wear away the very stone, but it also quenches thirst and is vital to life. I used both here, and their combination formed steam...which literally took on a life of its own as I painted.

I also really let myself go with the culture fusion and symbolism in this one. The sign on the circlet from which the fire blooms is a circle quartered by a cross, an ancient European symbol which depicted the Sun. In addition, the rune on the bowl is Sowilo, another sun-related symbol. The dragons in the steam are Oriental in form, however, and I have no concrete idea what nationality the sun-woman's skin, hair, and dress come from. They're probably all over the place, as usual.

That said, I think I'm fairly pleased with this one at the moment. I spent only three hours on it, so it's not going to be perfect by any means.

For those who remember my laptop troubles and are wondering how this one is digital, I discovered that my dad's computer has Photoshop and a tablet which is at least programmed to match points on the screen (though I have no pressure sensitivity in my brush sizes, which vexes me). I waited until he went to bed tonight so I could use it.
It is now quarter past four in the morning. I will be sleeping in as long as I possibly can...

Well, enough's enough I suppose. I'm going to crash now. Sya!
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