Phooka by elven-nell

Phooka

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Added: Jun 08, 2003
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I am currently obsessed of late with a creature called a "Phooka."
Here one is looking for its next victim.

"The Phooka is an Irish goblin with a variety of rough beast-like forms. He appears sometimes as a dog or a horse, or even a bull, but he is generally jet-black with blazing eyes. As a seemingly friendly, shaggy, sway-backed pony Phooka offers the unwary traveller a welcome lift; but once astride he is taken for a wild and terrifying gallop across the wettest and most thorny country, eventually to be dumped headlong into the mire or deposited in a ditch. The chuckle is that of the Phooka as he gallops away."
From Brian Froud and Alan Lee's "Faeries."

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Guest's picture

olaaaaaaaaaa

elven-nell's picture

Oh yes, I love the Phooka, and I'll probably paint more in the future! They are just really interesting mythological creatures. I'm glad you like the painting. Thanks again for a lovely comment.

Guest's picture

im the one who wanted to swear with the comment for "hope." did you fall in love when you saw it in Faeries too? for a whole week i showed that picture to everyone i knew. i still do actually. why i love the Phooka, i still dont know. maybe because its the best thing in the whole wide world. well, thank you for loving the phooka as much as i do. i thought i was alone in the world on that one. great work of art btw! ~heidi

elven-nell's picture

Haha yeah, it's pretty crazy! Smile

curaniel's picture

This seems definitely a part of that "terrifying gallop" just from the wildness in its eyes.

elven-nell's picture

Hey thanks for that, Shannon! I've never heard of that book, but I shall search for it. And thank you for your kind comments. Smile

smr-g's picture

Very cool, Nell. I especially like the fact that you are using subject matter from actual legends to spark your art! If you don't have it already, I might suggest you pick up "The Wold Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and Other Little People" by Keightley. It will give you even odder "sparks." Oh yes, and I love the way you rendered the picture. Wish I knew more about watercolors...

elven-nell's picture

Awww, thanks for the lovely comment, Mariette! Keep at it with the watercolours! They may be a difficult medium, but the outcome is usually worth it Smile Thanks.

Guest's picture

it really depicts that the pooka is dangerous but but looks friendly!! its a masterpiece!!!!! *drops to floor and worships the picture* i wish i was that skilled with watercolours.. i always end up with messy, dark pictures Sad

elven-nell's picture

Thank you, Denise. I was after a creepy effect, so I'm glad you think it is! I appreciate your comment Smile

denise's picture

This is absolutely lovely. Watercolours are perfect for it! Whimsical, and a little scary too, because of the big green eye I think. Smile Beautiful work.

elven-nell's picture

Thanks, Jordan! I'm glad you like it! It would be best to keep your distance from it!

Guest's picture

This is awesome Nell! I remember reading that page in Faeries about the Phooka. You've really got the cuddly/friendly thing going on here, I'm glad I know better than to go up and pat it...

elven-nell's picture

Thank you!

Guest's picture

Oh the colors!Beautifull!

elven-nell's picture

Hey Cameron, thanks! Indeed I shall Wink

meshenka's picture

Great stuff Nell, I like the oddness of the atmosphere in this. Keep using those watercolours to great effect like this, it works well for you!

elven-nell's picture

Thank you, Harmony! I'm glad you like it.

Guest's picture

This is so beautiful and whimsical.. watercolor was a perfect choice for the Phooka I think Smile. Lovely work!

elven-nell's picture

Thanks Anne! That's the feeling I wanted- spooky and crazy! Expect to see more Phookas soon!

elven-nell's picture

Thank you, Sean. Watercolours are a difficult medium. I'd like to think I'm getting better.

elven-nell's picture

Why thank you, Rita. I'm glad you like it, and that you have your own interpretation of it Smile

Guest's picture

Nell - this is be-oootiful! I love it - wonderful unearthly feeling to it - phookas are great fun!

pageaxe's picture

Your work is getting better and better Nell-I like the detailing on the horse especially the rendering of hair on the legs-your style is starting to gel,nice work!

sade's picture

Great picture!!!
Truly If I see this picture, I have no "phooka feeling". I have "I wanna run with wind, and run faster, and faster" feeling Smile

elven-nell's picture

Why thank you, Barbara. Hmm...I'd say similar, though the Phooka is a shapeshifting goblin. They might be related Smile

akeyla's picture

I love the eyes! great work! say, is this the same creature as the Kelpie? Kelpie is a horse that lives in rivers and creeks and can flatten it's size. it oftens invites poeple on its back and then swims out in the lake to drown them.

Art at its best.