I was recently saddened to learn that one of my good Pagan friends, Amanda Mandalke from Freeport, Illinois, which is where I used to live, is moving a long way across country to California. She used to run the Freeport Mystic Hollow Shoppe, which was a great local place to buy religious materials for polytheistic and Pagan practices. Unfortunately, the store closed soon after opening and many people who had helped operate it moved away, except for my friend and her family. There was some hope that the shoppe could reopen, but now, there is no chance, not in this area anyway, because once my friend is gone, all of the shoppe's former owners will have left. However, she did leave me with a special gift, a small statue of Artemis. I had seen this piece before online, coming from a dealer in Greece, but I am not sure where this one originated specifically. My friend wanted to give it to me because it was damaged, and from seeing my works on Hellenic statuary in the past, she hoped I could restore it. I was more than happy to take it. I have probably saved some Greek statues from the dump in the past, and I would not, for all the money in America, see any representations of old Greece go into the trash. So I accepted the gift in honor of my friend and went right to work restoring it. I was very excited to get started on this project, and I took this statue and made it all my own. With that being said, I don't think it was my best work, but I will nevertheless keep and cherish it all my life, as I do all of my religious items.
The second step was completely replacing the missing leg from the deer. I used very basic oven clay for this, shaping it into a leg and attaching it to the deer with glue. Then, I painted the entire deer so all parts would blend in as much as possible. The robes of the statue I painted purple. I tried to stick to reasonable colors as much as possible, nothing too exotic or "un-Greek." The robes were, by far, the hardest thing to paint. While there's little detail to the statue, it's also quite small, and therefore hard to navigate with a paint brush.
In the Goodness of the Gods,
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