Art of Beth Hansen-Buth

Queen of Annwyn

Queen of Annwyn

The mythic and faerie art of Beth Hansen-Buth is like a travel album featuring the denizens of the Otherworld. Faeries and Dragons, Gods, Goddesses and Spirits; you never know just who (or what) you may meet. An inspirational painter of faery and myth, she has emerged as one of today’s premier visionary artists. Working out of her studio in her 96 year old bungalow in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Beth’s work is increasingly sought out by collectors of visionary art from all over the world.

Featured in FATE Magazine as the Painter to the Faery Court, Beth’s visionary work has been published in Pentacle Magazine, Seventh House Publishing’s “Season’s of the Witch” calendars in 2003 and 2004, and she has done numerous illustrations for “Tales of the Unanticipated”, a speculative fiction small press publication.

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The Goddess Lilith

The Goddess Lilith


Beth does have a long connection with the Eye. When we first opened, she rented the upstairs room as her artist studio. In fact, Thraicie posed for a commission painting she did of the Goddess Lilith. She also happens to be the twin sister of Jane, one of the owners of the Eye. It is that connection which inspired us to carry art prints and even have a gallery of original works by local artists, Including Beth.

Art as a Life Path

Beth showed an early interest in art which was encouraged by her mother, who was an avid hobby painter, and at the age of seven she began painting in oils with her mother’s guidance. This early education as an oil painter was interrupted due to the passing of her mother in 1975. Beth continued to draw and occasionally paint throughout her childhood and teen years, the ease and portability of graphite pencil and sketchbook making that her favorite media for many years. Subjects often included animals and portraits, but when she started reading fantasy literature, dragons and hobbits started appearing in her sketchbook. Color called to her, though, and she began the long and arduous path of teaching herself oil painting. In the autumn of 2000 Beth studied Flemish/Dutch oil painting techniques in still life and portraiture in the studio of Jeff Hurinenko in St. Paul, Minnesota, which helped fine-tune her already award winning skills as a painter. Beth blends realism with romance in her oil paintings. Working in layers to achieve luminous skin tones and glowing light effects, she creates magical works inspired by faery lore and mythology.

In her own words

“Nothing inspires me more than time spent in nature. Feeling the wind in my hair and listening to the leaves rustling in the trees makes me long for my walking stick, and off I go on another journey of wonder and delight. There, I commune with the spirits of nature, great and small. When I get back to my studio, the themes that present themselves in my work are those of transformation and ethereal boundaries. Otherworldly characters such as faeries, mermaids, fauns, gods, goddesses and dryads cross over into our world, opening up new possibilities of thought and influence. I find additional insights from my studies of mythology and faery lore, and they find their way into my paintings enriching each with story.”

Urban Farming, Druids, Trees and Street Faeries – View from the Eye

In the midst of the urban problems in London, and all the shakeups and downs coming from “the Street” comes some hope for a different way of dealing with difficulty from The Urban Farming Guys  “This is the epic story of a band of pioneers–several families who have uprooted from comfortable suburbia & made their homes for good in one of the most blighted zip codes in the U.S.–64127, Lykins neighborhood, inner-city Kansas City. Each of us, standing with our neighbors, believe there is hope, but we know that money alone will not solve the problem.”

This just proves you can get back to nature in the city. If you wonder at the roots of the current set of issues we face, just check out the Salvage series  of articles by John Michael Greer in the ArchDruid Report.  But it’s not for the faint-of-heart. It’s more for those who are willing to face the future and wade in and do something.

Speaking of doing something to solve problems, here’s one for the Druids and other tree-lovers.  A 13-Year old was inspired by trees and came up with a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels. This story comes from Inhabitat.com – a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

Just look around, and you will find wonder to behold. Beth Hansen-Buth, the Faerie Artist (and my twin sister), pointed me to the Fairy Street Fashion of Finland. (We’re half-Finnish). For those of you who who embrace the Fae Lifestyle, music, art etc., you should check out these outstanding Faerieworlds events>

“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!” ~William Butler Yeats

 

Heart of Faerie Oracle

What if you had a magic doorway into the faerie realm?  Would you use it?  Would you dare?  The Heart of Faerie Oracle is a deck of sixty-eight images created by the world-renowned artist Brian Froud. But these are more than just images, as anyone aquainted with his work knows. Who could be more familiar with these images than his wife, Wendy Froud?  She wrote the book to go along with these images.

Heart of Faerie Oracle KitHeart of Faerie Oracle Kit

by Brian & Wendy Froud

“Brian paints the world of Faerie as it is. When we look at his paintings we see something that is a truth. When we look at his paintings, we see Faerie looking back at us, observing us. Thus the link between the worlds is established.” ~Wendy Froud

These cards give you sixty-eight entrances into Faerie. On some days they may be doorways, on other days they could be more like windows, and on some days you may look at the cards as more of a mirror to show us about an aspect of ourselves or our relationship to nature’s mysterious realm. Sometimes we may see things we are not comfortable with, because not all of Faerie is beautiful in the traditional sense, but it is always full of wisdom. Happy, sad, mysterious, desirable, solemn and even a little scary . . . all of these aspects and more are evoked in this oracle deck.

“Faeries have not changed, we have. They have stayed true, and we have betrayed them. We bury them under a heap of disbelief and ridicule, of sparkley tinsel, gaudy wings, and trite fairy tales. We satisfy ourselves with the surface of Faerie and do not bother to look into its heart.” ~Wendy Froud

For those of you familiar with the Faeries Oracle Deck by Brian Froud, you should know that this new deck is a whole new experience.  The big difference with the Heart of Faerie Oracle is the Journey cards.  There isn’t anything like them in the previous deck. These cards are active; they walk you along the Faerie path and help you to move away from the mundane and into the realm of possibilities.  In fact, the Journey cards can be read like a story, if you lay them out in order. But there are other categories as well. The cards are divided into seven groups, each representing a different aspect of Faerie:

The Faerie Queens (9)
The Queens’ Consorts (9)
The Archetypes (13)
Sprites (8)
The Ladies (6)
Tricksters (7)
The Journey (16)

“At the edge of our world, at the edge of the otherworld, the beautiful and mysterious faeries stand, watching and waiting to greet us, inviting us to journey with them as our guides while we walk the infinite paths of the Faerie.” ~Brian Froud

“To believe in faeries is to step into an enchanted space where the rational mind meets the irrational heart, and all things become possible.” ~Wendy Froud.

The Heart of Faerie Oracle is a wonderful deck for anyone who dares to step through the door and become a little wiser and a little more aware.

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