Friday, February 29, 2008

All about the Pexies

This is my 100th blog post! Bloody hell.

Let's call these an experiment. It's over now.






Bob can't figure out what the heck's going on this picture. Ah well.

'Roaming the beautiful downs of Dorset is the mischievous goblin colt with flaming red eyes called the 'Colepexy'. He enjoys nothing more than to mislead domesticated horses and travellers, but his favourite prank is luring unsuspecting people to ride him, and once mounted he takes them on a wild ride across the wettest and thorniest country before eventually throwing them into a ditch or stream.'

'In Hampshire and Dorset the name colepexy (= coltpixy) is given to a mischievous fairy appearing in the form of a horse. The fossils known as belemnites are called cole pixies’ fingers and fossil sea-urchins cole pixies’ heads.'


"In Dorset also, the Pixy-lore still lingers. The being is called Pexy and Colepexy; the fossil belemnitos are named Colepexies'-fingers; and the fossil echini, Colepexies'-heads. The children, when naughty, are also threatened with the Pexy, who is supposed to haunt woods and coppices. [a]
"In Hampshire," says Captain Grose, "they give the name of Colt-Pixy to a supposed spirit or fairy, which in the shape of a horse wickers, i. e. neighs, and misleads horses into bogs, etc."








22 comments:

Scott H. said...
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Chloe Cumming said...

Hmmmmmmm

Chloe Cumming said...
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Chloe Cumming said...

Still it was quite an interesting exercise to apply that much graphite to a piece of paper.

Scott H. said...

Ooh ... this looks all mysterious now what with the deletings. ;) I like your coleplexies.

Chloe Cumming said...

Hey Scott, you've sprouted a face! Well done sir, well done.

John said...

I like the first one, though almost formless, it's full of fully formed forms.I actually enjoy art works which hide their means of production, tidying away constructive brush strokes or pencil lines. I think it's become very fashionable to show the painterliness or sketchy nature of a piece, but I always feel that that sort of approach is a little self referential.

It's like saying, "look, it's a drawing", or "this, is a painting!" rather than just being an image.

p.s -wow, painterliness is actually a word, look at that! ^_^

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