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All Hallows

By AngieLatham    
Special thanks to POOCHIE for the lone of Rondi's portrait that I have used for the Goddess Smile

Here we are favourite time of the year (well, bar Mayday and Yule....and possibly Midsummer.....em...)

All Hallows Eve aka Halloween aka Samhain

Mother Nature is in her Crone apect , wise and carrying the knowledge of the year's life cycle. At Samhain ( the old Celtic fire Festival, marking the death of the old year and the start of the next one) she returns to the Underworld where she will rest untill Spring (Imbolc, Feb 2nd) and 'digest' the years lessons and experience ,taking all life and greenery with her. Those plants and trees that remain green (such as Holly and Ivy) become sacred plants and are hung in the house around Yule (Winter Solstice) to symbolise that life and light will return once again in Spring with the power of rebirth.

Halloween is where the veil between the physical world and the world of spirit is thin and communication and guidence can be sort from those who have gone before us. Loved ones are rememberd this night and often a plate of food would be left on the table with an empty seat for the 'unseen guest'. Lighted candles are also left as a mark of respect and rememberence.

Halloween is not about evil and black magic. It is one of the major Celtic festivals which mark key points in the changing of the seasons. Halloween ,or rather Samhain, celebrates the God and Goddess as wise Elders and marks the beginning of winter as part of the ever changing wheel of life. Smile

But for those who are too easily scared by media hype,Hollywood films or general missconception about Witches and Witchcraft....don't be scared at going out tonight as real Halloween was last Friday on the Full Moon Wink

Tags: Celtic Mystical Digitally manipulated Digital art Halloween Witch Goddess Angela jayne barnett Pagan Samhain Portraits and people All hallows eve Crone

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DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
31 Oct 2007 8:09AM
Beautiful work. Full of detail and intricately assembled. Good old Pooch eh? What would we do without him?
Grim1 15 49 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 8:09AM
Wonderful, detailed artwork.
daviewat 18 4.1k Scotland
31 Oct 2007 8:12AM
Real halloween was last Friday ??????????????????????????????????????????????

Awe you have just gone and ruined my plans for guising :-(((((

Class layering as always, see u soon.

31 Oct 2007 8:14AM
Cool picture. Cor
31 Oct 2007 8:15AM
Stunning. Beautiful work.
AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 8:15AM
Thankyou Dave,Cori and davie.....can just see you in a Skeleton outfit Davie! I'll keep back a toffee apple incase you knock on the door Smile


Right....catch up with everyone later, haveto nip into work for the morning . Have a nice day folks x
AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 8:16AM
ooops...thankyou Cor and Tanya too Smile
MikeBonsall 16 474 3 Guernsey
31 Oct 2007 8:25AM
didn't take a genius to work out who's work this was from the thumbnail Smile

I don't normaly get much from this type of work but you always do seem to go the extra mile with you images. I wouldn't know where to start! Smile

Raindancer 15 20 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 8:35AM
Fantastic picture, the detail and colouring are superb.....

KathyW 18 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
31 Oct 2007 8:40AM
Hoped you might come up with something amazing for Halloween, and you've not disappointed Smile
Superb work.
kaybee 17 8.0k 27 Scotland
31 Oct 2007 8:52AM
Ahh - the good old self portrait
Richsr 14 91 223 England
31 Oct 2007 8:53AM
Great work - so much detail.
POOCHIE 15 21 6 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 9:11AM
Nice one Angie love what you have created here.

CliveA 15 5 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 9:14AM
Fantastic work. It ought to be the cover of Witch Magazine....... No really, it should
piccy 15 8 Wales
31 Oct 2007 9:17AM
Great work - fantastic.
Mari 18 1.8k United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 9:26AM
Def adding this one to my favourites Angie, a stunner and was hoping to see a masterpiece from you today.

mickp 15 9 7 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 9:48AM
exceptionally well created image. You have a great PF.
C_Daniels 17 399 10 England
31 Oct 2007 9:56AM
Sends shivers all over me - a fine piece of art and explanation...
31 Oct 2007 10:03AM
Happy to be 30 Angie, more magic from your highly artistic computer skills. Excellent image as ever.

All the very best
imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 10:06AM
i bow done to your brilliance, amazing piece of work, cant describe how good this looks, have a good day and evening
Maddie 16 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 10:23AM
super work
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 10:57AM
Amazing work!
Marilyn x
AlleyCatz 15 274 6 England
31 Oct 2007 12:09PM
As always quality/superb work.
loved the description also Smile

newy17 16 273 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 12:42PM
simply stunning work as always just fantastic ..
AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 1:14PM
Thankyou so much everyone for all your wonderfull comments and compliments, always makes all the work worthwhile when it's appreciated like this Smile

bright Blessings.....and I'm off to carve a couple of pumpkins for tonight's trick or treat brigade Smile
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
31 Oct 2007 2:59PM
Of course I like it! The big version is a MUST see. A lot of work went into this and it really carries the spirit of the season in it. Have you changed your clocks back yet? Usually for us, Halloween is on one of the first days where it is completely dark at 6pm as the clocks were moved back the previous Saturday. But this year we do not 'fall back' for another few weeks. So the kids will not stop by until 1 hour later this year. So it will start at 7 instead of 6.

31 Oct 2007 3:00PM
Stunning artwork, just beautiful

Twizzle 15 1
31 Oct 2007 4:05PM
FANTASTIC COMPOSITION. Its nice to see some decent artwork here. Gets my vote.
User_Removed 18 39 6 Scotland
31 Oct 2007 5:22PM
Was wondering what you would come up with and you have not disapointed

Luv Victor xx
BobbyHB 16 2 England
31 Oct 2007 6:23PM
Well done Angie, you've come up trumps again. Proud of you! Have no 50 on me Wink
Love, Dad.x
pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2243 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 8:43PM
I agree, you couldn't disappoint us today, Angela. And you haven't. It's so good to see some sense spoken about this time of year, instead of spooks and ghouls and all the other hype. It is a magical time, a special time of transition. It needs to be FELT, contemplated and enjoyed. Ho hum.
petra16 15 169 Scotland
31 Oct 2007 11:38PM
wow Angie this is stunning work, I would love to watch you create something like this to see how you go about is absolutely amazing work...

what more can I say

see ya soon
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2007 11:59PM
Excellent concept and manipulation Angie, and interesting description too. See you next week.

Goggz 14 2.3k 72 Wales
1 Nov 2007 12:17AM
Totally blown away by this. Superb work and an interesting explanation.

Thanks for posting it!
CHeers, Goggz
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
1 Nov 2007 12:26AM
the thiness aids one's seeking so well Smile ably demonstrated here
AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2007 12:43AM
Wow....thanks once again for your great feedback,it's so heartwarming Smile

Our clocks went back last Saturday Patrick,as you thought.It's been a brilliant Halloween here today....wild and windy during the day then eerily still and mild this evening. Had a great night with the local kids guiseing round the Castle's estate,taking everyones house in turn....think the adults enjoyed it more than the kids to be honest!

Petra,if I had a laptop then I would get some stock together and let you watch me create somthing at Rowardennan, but it can take hours of buming around before somthing starts to 'click' somtimes....and there's a fair bit of swearing envolved! lol
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
1 Nov 2007 6:43PM
Yes, we had the kids up to the castle too. It's not 'quite' a castle but anyway.... Our weather was rather boring but I did get a fog maker (that you put in water and the fog rises up) and the kids loved it. They all came between 7 and 9 instead of the usual 6 and 9. There was the usual parade of princesses and pirates. Looks much the same as when I was a kid, though the costumes are fancier!

AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2007 6:58PM
I like the sound of the smoke machine Patrick!
I never could understand the American thing of dressing up like....well...just about anything on halloween, I think all costumes should be scary ones Smile

Much to my horror, a live mouse made an appearence right in the middle of the living room while everyone was sat around the table (including my landord) . I hadto rush about among screaming children and alarmed adults trying to catch it in a pint glass! I knew that there was a mouse in the house as the cats bring them in all the time and then get bored and loose it to make an appearance infront of everyone instead of lying low under the sofa! Sad Everyone now thinks I'm infested with mice! lol
proz 17 205 United States
1 Nov 2007 7:02PM
really well crafted image.
webjam 17 292 11 Netherlands
1 Nov 2007 8:02PM
Never knew that there is such a great and loving tradition that set off modern Halloween. Seems so sweet to set dinner for the ones who are no longer here and remember them.
And the idea that Mother Nature takes the flowers with here, is more uplifting than the idea that everthing in nature is dyeing or sleeping....
Thanks for the story. Excellent image , BTW!
juldon 18 78 England
2 Nov 2007 1:11PM
I reocgnised Poochie lady from the thumbnail and you have made great use of her. Another fine piece of work Angie and look forward to more and the winter draws in.

Julie x
TeresaH 16 1.1k United Kingdom
3 Nov 2007 6:28PM
Stunning work, there is so much to look at and it all works together.

4 Nov 2007 7:46PM
So much to look at here, lovely work as usual


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