Friday, 28 September 2007

Circle of friends gift



This is my little trinket box made for a circle of friends swap.
I have painted the Sirin bird with watercolour, inks and acrylics and then used a varnish.
Varnish has slightly changed the colour to the lighter shade.
This is the best photo I could do, and I took a zillion. My camera totally refused to co-operate on this occasion.

Sirin is a mythological creature of Russian legends, with the head and chest of a beautiful woman and the body of a bird (usually an owl). According to the myth, they lived "in Indian lands" near Eden or around the Euphrates River.

To read more about Sirin bird, follow the link below
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirin
However, the Wikipedia is slightly wrong. It was good luck to encounter Sirin, the bird of joy and happiness, and/or hear its song. However, meeting a bird called Alkonost was a harbinger of sad things to come.

9 comments:

Em's Blog said...

It's gorgeous Galina :o)

jo capper-sandon said...

I'll try and get you a close up Galina.
This is so stunning with such fine detail (I am the person lucky enough to receive this)and I think you cant see how tiny this trinket box is. Thankyou once again, I love it. xx

Penny said...

It's beautiful! I'll look forward to seeing a pic from Jo.

Heather Robinson said...

This is very lovely....and I so enjoy that there is great meaning behind the piece. Thanks for directing us to where we can read more about it.

joanne wardle said...

such gorgeous intricate detail! truly stunning!

Nellie said...

It looks so gorgeous Galina. What a perfect colours!

Paula W said...

beautifully crafted Galina....its one of those pieces I'd love to see in real life to get the full effect....lucky Jo,is all I can say!

Kaz said...

OOOOOOO lucky Jo, this is stunning Galina, love the painting, it looks so detailed, I'd love to see it irl.

Debbie said...

WOW!!! what a stunning piece...I think this is so beautiful and intricate - love the image.