The Dryw

Merlin

Most famous wise men of celtic times was Merlin of the tales of King Arthur. Here shown in a 3rd century hut, filled with his instruments and sacred items. When I started designing this painting I first intended to use the famous Gundestrup Cauldron for reference but soon changed my mind as this was clearly a different culture´s craftsmenship. I went to seek early celtic designs, not intending to again get stuck with the obligatory spirals and knotwork. Not that I would not enjoy doing those as some of my work might show, and a few simple triscals even made the border. Digging in boxes of books I discovered a publication about early celtic symbolism, mostly dealing with coins from ancient Gaul. The simple shapes of deer, wolf, horse, boar and griffon were just about what I had been looking for.

 

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