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Festival Magic

Julie Bradshaw

Festival Magic

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Inspired by the magic of Folk Festivals everywhere, Festival Magic original painting, acrylic and enamel mixed on wood board will be auctioned at the 2017 Warwick Folk Festival.

Limited edition fine art giclee prints (limited to 100) are available now.  Signed and numbered by the artist in pencil.  Signed Certificate of Authenticity ships with the order.

Art Prints are also available.  Art Prints are printed on fine 250gm pearl archival photographic paper.

From the artist: 

Festival Magic
by Artist, Julie Bradshaw -Drury
 Written for the Warwick Folk Festival

         I've included all these things in the painting to be symbols of luck and creativity and to stand for Love and Spirituality. I wanted to capture the essence of the Festival and to bring all this together, the Colour, Fun, Laughter, Enjoyment and the Friendship of this Wonderful Event.

         The Kingfisher is a long-time symbol of peace and prosperity. It has many legends and superstitions surrounding it with many originating in ancient Greece where it was said the body of a Kingfisher if dried, could ward off thunderbolts and storms. It is said the Kingfisher is the promise of abundance, of new warmth, prosperity, and love that is about to unfold within your life. The native American Northwest Coast Indians viewed the Kingfisher as a messenger and a sign of good luck to come. I personally adore this little bird, its patience, its beautiful colours and its tenacity when hunting.


        The owl in many cultures is a messenger and a sign of good luck whilst featuring prominently in myths and legends as a symbol of wisdom and a bringer of prophecy. Owl feathers in folklore if found are supposed to bring good luck and fortune, and I’ve had the great pleasure of being able to observe many owls close to where I live.

         The Rabbit in mythology and folklore is very often associated with the moon and the magic of the moon. In some Indian mythology, it was believed that the Gods would visit the Earth as  Rabbits. The Rabbit's Foot is believed to be a sign of good luck, in both Eastern and Western cultures. A rabbit's foot is carried to bring good luck to protect the owner. For me, the Rabbit, abundant where I live, is a beautiful creature, peaceful, comical and always a joy to watch.

         Bees are linked with magic, love, industriousness, and creativity. Bees show up in Human Art Forms almost as soon as mankind learned to create them; they are depicted in ancient rock art from around the world, and are mentioned in some of the earliest forms of writing in the world. Bees crop up everywhere from poetry to prose, even in our everyday sayings: such as 'busy as a bee' or 'we make a bee line for things’. I’ve planted my garden purposely bumble bee friendly and spend many an hour watching their industriousness alighting from flower to flower and listening to their constant humming.

         The Wolf, known by some as the Warrior class has been a symbol of fearlessness. The Wolf is a revered animal and was thought to possess spiritual powers. For some people, the Wolf is also frequently used to show pride. I love that they live as a pack, I love their strength and that they will lay down their lives for the pups. Just to look into their eyes is to see their strength and power and to transport myself to another world.


        The Four-leaf clover represents Hope, Faith, Love and Luck. Some also say that it represents Fame, Wealth, Love and Health. All agree that the Four-leaf clover is one of the most auspicious Good Luck symbols around and it has been considered lucky for centuries.


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