4 months ago
🌸 O S T A R A 🌸 Also known as Eostre, Germanic Goddess of spring and dawn (and fertility in some texts). Spring festivals are held in her honor each year, and her tale goes as follow... (as per circleofthesacredgrove.org)
One day the goddess Eostra was walking in the forest, and she came upon a wounded bird, whose wing was broken. The goddess could see that even after she healed this bird it would not be able to fly again, and what kind of life could a bird have if it could not fly. So she changed this little bird into a hoping hare, a sacred animal of hers. (And in some M rated versions, Mr Hare is more than a pet friend, if you know what I mean!) This rabbit kept one aspect of his former life, he could lay eggs. Now this rabbit was very thankful for what the goddess did for him that he wanted to give her a special gift. His love and intent was so strong that he created a very beautiful egg of many colors. He gave this symbol of love and innocence to Eostra. She was so touched by this gesture that she declared that this rabbit give this symbol of love to the world, and hence the Easter bunny was born (Easter being another name for Eostra).
I ended up getting quite carried away with details in this illustration, but seeing she is a Goddess of spring, there needed to be magic and abundance! I set quite a few challenges for myself here: playing with the more traditional artistic brushes in ProCreate. I don’t entirely enjoy drawing florals (as strange as that sounds), but that is only due to lack of practice. I tried to let loose with my strokes, and explore a style that sits a bit out my comfort zone, but I think it turned out pretty good... What do you think? I hope you like it! 🥚🐰🌸💗
HAPPY EASTER to you whichever way you do it! I personally quite like celebrations that honour the cycles of the seasons. 💫
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