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Blodeuwedd (approximate pronunciation: Blo-day-weth) is a figure of Welsh mythology, the wife of Lleu Llaw Gyffes. Lleu was cursed to never have a human wife, so the magicians Math and Gwydion conjured a maiden from the flowers of broom, oak, and meadowsweet, and named her Blodeuwedd, or 'flower-face'. Lleu falls head over heels in love with her, they get married, happily ever after, right?

Wrong. 

Lleu goes away on business, and while he's gone, Blodeuwedd falls in love with Gronw Pebr, the Lord of Penllyn. Love triangles, plaguing stories since forever. 

Naturally, this can only be solved in one way: MURDER.

Lleu is really, REALLY hard to kill. He can't be killed in the day or at night, clothed or naked, indoors or outdoors, riding or walking, or by any weapon lawfully made. So together they concoct the slightly absurd plan of killing him at dusk, wrapped in a net, with one foot on a cauldron and one on a goat, by a spear forged for a year during the hours when everybody is at Mass. 

Surprise, surprise, it fails, and Lleu turns into an eagle and flies off. Gwydion comes along and finds him and turns him back into a human, and he and Math nurse him back to health, before reclaiming his lands from Gronw and Blodeuwedd. 

Blodeuwedd's punishment? Gwydion turns her into...an owl. Apparently they're hated by all other birds. 

Later, Lleu kills Gronw with a spear. 

The End. 

Wasn't that a lovely story? I might go digging through some more Welsh mythology for potential subjects. 

As you can tell, I used a bit of artistic licence, adding in some daffodils (very much associated with Wales), and made her lips from the Welsh Poppy. I had great difficulty working out what to do with her eyes, and last night, after much deliberation, I found the answer. I gave her owl eyes, as a little nod to the end of her story.

Thanks to mar-katheechodragonhoustonsharpnathies-stockpixelstains and DanLuVisiArt for sharing their awesome brush packs.
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MasterOfAnkh Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An absolutly WOW-cool-WOW job! I'm up and away! Clapping Emoticon Clapping Emoticon Clapping Emoticon Clapping Emoticon Clapping Emoticon

Nice story, nice maiden, awesome work. The girl reminds me on the race of Sylvari in my favourite game Guild Wars 2 - but much nicer! :PeachBlossom: 
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Holmes-JA Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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seasinphony Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning!
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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27400 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Acrimboldo!
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Eric-was-here Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Re-requesting cuz I just now found this submission to my group AFTER it expired..
It never showed up during the whole time it was active.
( I keep a pretty good eye on such and sort thru the list every other day )
yes this has been happening a LOT ( as mentioned in the group postings) and no I have no idea why..
DA has been told and as usual is ignoring it..

Eric
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries, mate :)
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wintersmagicstock Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisite, I love your use of the welsh poppies and daffs. Have you ever read the 'Owl Service' by Alan Garner? that is an adaptation of the story of Blodeuwedd transposed to a modern setting
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I haven't, but I might have to check it out.
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SamDaly Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist
Amazing work, well done :D
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SamDaly Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist
You're welcome :D
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c55m Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly wonderful. The story and the Artwork. 
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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wahidubaidillah Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
great workk ...
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwb-skinner:
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017   Photographer
really beautiful!
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconraisedfists:
RaisedFists Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow gorgeous drawing  Clap 
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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RaisedFists Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Youre-welcome-smiley-emoticon by poisen2014  
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skipshot Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
In all the kingdom, this is the quiet place for wisdom and tranquility.
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Starfall12 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Student General Artist
I love how this piece has it's own strange kind of beauty that it utterly captivating but you really have to look twice because you can't quite believe it's real!

Did that make sense?
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Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It did, and thank you very much!
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Starfall12 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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Sabine62 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
A Stunning beauty :)
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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StelfySkya Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work...interesting story...well done!!
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Wow!  This reminds me of Persephone.

*reads your story*

Weird story.  Now I want to go see if I have any Welsh mythology books in my used book shop.

I love that you gave her owl eyes.  A wonderful touch!
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Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Irbisty Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it look like an eternity to finish all these details! AMAZINGClap 
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Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was seeing daffodils in my sleep by the end of it :P

Thank you!
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Irbisty Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
ahaha :D (Big Grin)  You're welcome!
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SuddenDeathlyHymour Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Such an interesting tale - I do love old myths!:D
Really love the picture! Very pretty. :)
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artjuggler Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That is very interesting and unusual, I like the way you worked with the ideas from the legend, and that you explained them in the description. :)
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Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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artjuggler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, thanks for the llama! :D
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
I get the impression the people who wrote these myths didn't have a terribly high opinion of women in general :P

This looks incredible!
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, most likely not. :P


Thank you!
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Welcome!
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delaverano Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy... This is AMAZING! +fav Clap So detailed!
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SarahBethiaArt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
This is actually so beautiful Heart 
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:iconholmes-ja:
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Lumoni Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice job ! i love how she looks like a part of the flowers surrounding her

thank you for submitting your lovely work to our group :iconsharpenededge:
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