Lunantisidhe the Blackthorn Faery

 

Drawing of a Lunantisidhe blackthorn faery

The other day, I saw a group of Lunantisidhe amongst the blackthorn bushes, but I was careful to stay out of sight as I sketched one as they are not the friendliest of faeries….
They are spindly and prickly and guardians of blackthorn trees. Their teeth are sharp and arms and fingers long so they can creep through the prickly branches.
They are said to be malevolent towards humans so be very wary whilst out gathering sloes…

My other faery art including sketches of faeries with their stories can be found here.

Mumpoker – An Isle of Wight Faery

This week a little goblin known as the mumpoker asked me to illustrate him. The mumpoker is another faery local to the Isle of Wight.  He is known to creep up on noisy, screaming children and steal them away! An old Island saying states “If you don’t gee off squinnyen (fretting and crying), wold mumpoker ‘ill come aater ye”!

Mumpoker an Isle of Wight faery

The Tangie – A Water Horse Faery

This week I have drawn a tangie.  He is one of several types of known water horse faery. The tangie is definitely not the worst but will still take anyone who mounts him on a little spree into the sea! He likes to loiter at water mills waiting for passers by.  The tangie can also take the human form of an old man.
Tangie water horse faery drawing

My other faery art including sketches of faeries with their stories can be found here.

The Gooseberry Wife

The Gooseberry Wife is the second faerie to come and visit me. I was just having a flick through that lovely Dictionary of Fairies by Katharine Briggs and the first entry I read happened to be a suprise – she is only to be found on the Isle of Wight where I live! She is the rather lovely named Gooseberry Wife and protects gooseberry bushes from children. She appears in the form of a huge hairy caterpillar!
Gooseberry Wife Isle of Wight Faery

My other faery art including sketches of faeries with their stories can be found here.

A visit from a Stray Sod

Hello everyone! I’ve been having a little break recently but I’ve got lots of new pieces planned! I’ve recently read “The Field Guide to the Little People” by Nancy Arrowsmith and have started “A Dictionary of Fairies” by Katharine Briggs and inspired by these I’m planning to explore and sketch a different faerie every week or so which I shall post about here. Don’t forget I have prints and cards available from my Etsy store here.
Stray sod faery
Here is the first faerie I have decided to visit and sketch, and one that has always fascinated me. Stray sods are small pixies which enchant pieces of turf to cause people to become suddenly lost (pixie-led). I think more of us have come across this pixie than we realise.  Perhaps sometimes on the way home from the pub!

I discovered this little stray sod under a clump of violets and was very careful not to tread on her! But don’t forget, if you suddenly find yourself on the wrong track and feeling somewhat confused as to your whereabouts – simply turn an item of clothing inside out and put it back on!

My other faery art including sketches of faeries with their stories can be found here.