Monday, September 22, 2008
Enbarr and Epona
I'm pretty pleased with this overall result. The mane on the mare could have been brighter perhaps, more defined. My main gripe concerns the birds. I had planned on making them quite garish and generally more prominent in the painting but that idea got a little lost, although the focal point is undoubtedly the horses. The title of the piece concerns two famous horses from myth and legend. Enbarr, meaning "imagination", is Niamh's horse in Irish mythology. The horse could not be killed by man or god. Epona translates as "Great Mare", and derives from very old Roman texts. Epona was the protector of all horses, but was also responsible(in a spiritual sense) for escorting or guiding the souls of the deceased. Its role was not to judge, but simply to provide safe passage.