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Wið færstice



I decided I'd like to practice a sort of portrait / still life type painting, and so* I painted an old lady preparing to practice the charm Wið færstice 'against a sudden stabbing pain'.  It's a bit of a mish-mash of ideas : her clothes and beads and knife are from Anglo-saxon Wessex, I think, but the bottle, candle and the glass globe full of melted butter are clearly more or less modern.  I think the cat could be from any period.  There's no dating cats.  She also has feverfew, red deadnettle and some plantain plants, though you can't see them very clearly through the steam.

*I'm aware this is a non sequitur but I'm hoping if I type it really fast you won't notice

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thesmallhobbit
21st Feb, 2019 15:02 (UTC)
Cats seem to continue in the same way throughout generations - no doubt because they'd say you can't improve on perfection.
heartofoshun
21st Feb, 2019 15:08 (UTC)
Terrific face!
hhimring
21st Feb, 2019 22:14 (UTC)
I like the concept!
Maybe she's a modern practitioner who believes dressing to match the charm will make it more effective?
rosegardenfae
23rd Feb, 2019 05:40 (UTC)

Most excellent!

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