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Cailleach Bheur- the Weather Witch

"Winter howls and wind does moan
With Cailleach’s staff frost is sown." -Richard de Graeme (excerpt from his poem "Winter's Grief").

In Scottish mythology, one of the names she is known by is Cailleach Bheur. She is the Weather Witch- known as the bearer of storms and the bringer of cold and frost. I have used some artistic licence in this image- she is known to appear most often as an old crone- but she must have been youthful once, right? Cailleach Bheur is known to always carry with her a wooden staff, and has a strong association with wolves and oak branches.

The background image of Eilean Donan Castle is mine, from a photograph I took on the shores of Loch Duich, Scotland. It is now available as a stock image from my stock account :iconpixellyperfectstock:

All other images and textures are my own, with the exception of:
Model: :iconiardacil-stock: Wolf: :iconforsakewolf: Grimoire: :iconmoxylyn: Branch: :iconnv-stock: Apple Blossoms: :iconrahawk: Staff: :iconelanordh-stock: Flying birds and trees: :iconanodyne-stock:


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GimpxD Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg! ^.^ im from&livein scotland!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you for your comment :heart: You live in a very beautiful part of the world! :love:
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GimpxD Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That means alot!^_^ Thanks.
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words~ I'm glad that you like it :huggle:
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printsILike Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous :love:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you for your lovely comment! :heart:
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printsILike Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, what a stunning ID, great work :icononionbunnyplz:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Digital Artist
I really pleased that you like it~ it was one of my very first manips :D
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printsILike Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can only say that you are inherently gifted then :) :iconblushplz:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Digital Artist
:blush:
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printsILike Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconawwplz: No need to :blush:, it's true :iconseeyouplz:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Digital Artist
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ADamselinDesign Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I really love this, hun!

Fantastic blending and wonderful concept! I love stormy photos and art!
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:iconrottenragamuffin:
RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you! This is one of my very first manips :) I'm glad that you like it :heart:
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diantha75 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful :heart:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you! :heart:
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diantha75 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome :hug:
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serpentine-eyes1994 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Awesome! My computer screen just became epic because I’m looking at this! :heart:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011   Digital Artist
:lol: Sweet!!! :heart: I love comments like that! :giggle:
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Metadored Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Beautifully done, has a sketchy/pencil feel to it which I really like :)
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you for your lovely comment~ it is appreciated! :heart:
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Mirasa-bytes-Phyte Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
I think it is entirely appropriate to present her in this form, honey! As with most of the more prominent female members of the Tuatha de Danann, she has been said to have three different forms, that of Maiden, Mother, and Crone. I love how this piece captures the awe-inspiring, sweetly sad beauty of winter! Masterful! :clap:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you, milady! :bow: I'm glad you like this piece~ it was one of my very first PS attempts, and I was well pleased with the way it turned out :)

I had my castle photograph hidden away in a file on my computer, and after a lazy afternoon spent flipping through the pages of one of my Celtic mythology books, I thought I ought to have a crack at creating a piece that allowed me to indulge my fetish for all things Celtic :lol: I actually had this pic printed and framed~ it's hanging on the wall in my hallway :)

So... an Austenian (or Janeite :giggle: ) and a lover of Celtic mythology?! I am hugely impressed by your most excellent taste :) It's a pity we don't live in the same hemisphere~ then we could get together for coffee and a geek-fest :lmao:
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Mirasa-bytes-Phyte Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
In my opinion, an excellent choice of subjects! :aww: The Cailleach ( or Beira, as she is also known) doesn't really get enough love in the artistic world. Sad, really. I wonder why? :shrug:

I must confess to being an enthusiast (not necessarily an expert, mind you!;)) of at least 7 different mythologies, Celtic being my most enduring favorite, and Persian being my newest fascination ( the latest mini-blurb I've been working on is based on such).

Honey, isn't that the beauty of the internet? 'Tis why the godz of the internetz made IM servers! :D Still, you do present a valid point, time zones is pure kookyness, that they certainly is. :B:confused: Aye Weil, Que sera, sera!:juggle:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Digital Artist
Why, thank you, milady! :bow: I was fairly keen to find a fairly obscure myth to work with... not only because I personally find it more interesting, but also because people have pre-conceived ideas as to what the more popular mythological figures look like, like Artemis, for example.

Celtic mythology is definitely at the top of my list... followed by the Vikings :iconvikingplz: :giggle: I adore Persian art, though I must admit to not knowing a great deal about their mythology :) Perhaps I should address this distinct lack of knowledge?!!! :reading:
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Mirasa-bytes-Phyte Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Oooooh, I would certainly recommend it! It's positively bursting with romance and adventure, with mysterious deavas, noble heros, who's exploits match that of herculean tales, and glorious mythical beasts, like the phoenix! :love: *siiii~gh!* It's a mythology-lover's dream come true!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010   Digital Artist
:lol: Oooohhhhh!!! Off I go to do some reading then! :heart: It sounds positively intriguing! :eager: One can never have too much of all things mythological :love:
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AelarethElennar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have featured this deviation in my journal: [link]! :iconfeelingfreeplz:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010   Digital Artist
:wow: Thank you!!! I really appreciate it :woohoo::party::cake:
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AelarethElennar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :dalove:
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adni18 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Excellent work! :thumbsup:
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you for your lovely comment!'Tis appreciated :heart:
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adni18 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
My pleasure! :)
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EmoCupCakeQueen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
cool!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you! :blowkiss:
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EmoCupCakeQueen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
NP :D
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DarkWolf099 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heyy :hug:
thanks for :kiss:
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DarkWolf099 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just the truth...just perfect :D
<3
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Digital Artist
:blush: Aww, thanks! :kiss:
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DarkWolf099 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic!!!i love it!!
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you! :blowkiss:
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Beautiful piece ! :)
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you for your lovely compliment and for the fave! :hug: 'Tis truly appreciated! :blowkiss:
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tarekanwer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
very good work
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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tarekanwer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
welcome
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Linuscat07 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Considering what she does, you would imagine her a not very nice young lady but she looks very appealing out there in the rain. That's a very attractive wolf. The desolation of the scene is beautifully evoked by the landscape and that castle. What a grim looking place. It looks to be the home of many a dark deed and the bane of many a pretty Gothic heroine - perfect place to eat your haggis while freezing and hearing strange sounds. I wonder if she's using the foul weather to curse the place.
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:

And re: the haggis... I guess I'd probably feel like her too if that was all that was on the menu :fear: (It's definitely not a favourite of mine!) :giggle:
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pyronixcore Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning composition.
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