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In Art Watercolor Gallery, Fox, Wild Things on October 9, 2019 at 3:59 pm

watercolor 10/2019

The mythical Japanese fox is Kitsune.  I always think Kitsune when I paint a fox. There are so many stories surrounding Kitsune who is immortal, magical, and a shapeshifter. No ordinary fox for sure and deeply entrenched in Japanese lore. When a kitsune shapeshifts into the form of a tree, a human or a second moon you might still discover him because of his ‘hoshi no tama’ which he must keep with him at all times. His hoshi no tama is a glowing ball or an iridescent gem which contains his soul. He must keep it with him because without it he will grow powerless and die. In human form, Kitsunes usually wear their hoshi no tamas as amulets, but in fox form, they carry the magical balls in their mouths or fasten them to their tails.

  1. Such a beautiful fox. And lovely to read the story of this mythical creature, too. have a wonderful day, Hanneke

    • Thank you Hanneke. I love mythology and the kisune lore lives on in Japan but without the same belief as in older times. Much like the elves and leprechauns, dragons and unicorns. But I believe. ❤️gretchen

  2. Gorgeous work Gretchen.

  3. I adore your art!

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