This is the first page from a Calendar I am working on… created early 2010.
I wanted to do a Zodiac one but after much contemplation I also wanted to include other elements that were about January and each month rather than just the star signs for each month so my work has many elements in it…

You can see Capricorn elements such as the mountain goat, the Saturn sign as well as Saturn in the sky with earthy colours.
January is named after Janus, a Roman God that represented the arrival of the New Year…Janus was the God of Doorways…that we walk through into the new year and new experiences…he was shown looking forward and looking back…and is why the girl is facing the doorway, looking forward and the goat looks back this way. They look forward and back…
The Oak is there for a reason too, it is the Month Of The Oak in Scandinavia, originating in Finland. (Which is part of my children’s ancestry so wanted to include it) I have avoided winter because we are not all in the Northern Hemisphere. So my work is a complex combination of more than Capricorn, it is about January….

I will link stock asap, my computer crashed yesterday, I have the bare essentials downloaded back in and need to find all the links again.
Planet sign brushes








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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • midzing
    midzingalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful work Vanessa, well done

  • Thanks midzing!! Appreciate that, I thought I lost it when the puter crashed but the only thing still in it was my pse7 pics! Lucky :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • rain-dogs
    rain-dogsalmost 5 years ago

    excellent composition vanessa i love the way youve built this up with all the influences and created an original artwork has such a great feel about it….such a good concept will make top calendar i love the brick archway wearing saturns symbol and the cosmic sky….looking forward to what you do with feb………….

  • Cool, thanks heaps…you know I love a cosmic sky! It was hard to bring a mossy oak into a country scene!!? But I hoped it would blend nicely after I spent ages trying to make it…also why I don’t have alot of extra things, quite imposing the tree but I HAD to have it in there…and without the girl it was too bare…Feb is tricky, it’s an obscure tradition known as Februa for thinking cap is on though and I have a start idea…stay tuned!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • inkedsandra
    inkedsandraalmost 5 years ago

    This is birthday is injanuary!

  • Thank you so much! My great friend Angela is also January and the girl looks like Ang from behind so the girl in the work represents all of you lovely ladies with January birthdays!

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Angel, I had to reread your Group rules, I have not been doing all original blends but have some ideas for some new stock work using my own images, appreciate your comment mate! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    This is so dreamily beautiful, and I love all the symbolism too. Perfectly crafted. An instant fave.

  • Thank you so much Anna, really appreciate your comment and the Fave!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Rachel Williams
    Rachel Williamsalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous. Well done

  • Thanks heaps Rachel, really appreciate that!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 5 years ago

    Great image!! . . .

  • Thanks alot Hugh, appreciate your comment very much!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous work my friend!! Can’t wait to see Libra………….;-))

  • Thanks steph!! Ahh October will be a very special one!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Helen Corr
    Helen Corralmost 5 years ago

    wow! you have gotten good at these images – this one’s a beauty!

  • Thanks heaps Helen, lovely for you to notice!! These have been so great for me, allowing me to have no limit on my imagination, after 1000 Photos on RB, it was time for change, for a while, till I get a new camera, at least!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Aileen David
    Aileen Davidalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful Vanessa! I love the bit about the oakand its connection to your children’s ancestry; and that it’s not about the seasons, but the month.
    Really great*:)*

  • Thanks Aileen, those couple of little things mean alot for me to have you noticed! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

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