There has been so much bad news lately, throughout the summer it seems that the Darkness has surged forth. It is time to summon back the Light into this world and to be the Light in this world for the sake of all sentient beings.
Dionysus holds the Grail cup, from which he summons the Light back into the world, while Kali and Medusa perform a sacred dance to help rebirth the Light and to keep back the Darkness, while the ritual goes on.
This is my symbolic expression of that. Oil on canvas. Completed yesterday.
"Man is in the forest"I did a little more work on the background, which needed it.
To quote Bambi’s mother: Man is in the Forest…and Artemis (in her Native American guise), Dionysus, and Cernunnos ( a new and overdue addition to my visual cast) look none too happy about hearing them stomping about.
Kind of whimsical. Kind of symbolic.
Not sure I’m happy with the background yet. It may change.
I finally got back to National Airport with my camera: Hermes and the Zephyr is almost dead center in the show - right next to the event signs!
Practical Obsessions: Painting and Writing turned 3 today!
My Henry. About 1 hour ago, we were playing ball in the front yard. But Henry didn’t want to play; he started barking and listening and then barking again. Then I heard someone crying. I ran two houses away where our older neighbor lady had just fallen out her front door and was laying on the concrete step crying. Our neighbor lady turned out okay. And so did my Henry.
My Novel collection: all of the covers, as mentioned in the essay: Epic Amazons.
an expressionistic piece: Ares - Admonition, or as William Tecumseh Sherman said, “War is Hell.”
The second versions of my casual portraits of Athena and Aphrodite.
Should everything work according to plans, this painting WILL be on show at the Artomatic show at National Airport in DC starting this July. My work was accepted today!
Inspired by several Japanese Buddhist wooden sculptures, I painted the five small panels: Gandhara Buddha surrounded by an Apollo, Athena, Dionysus and the Minotaur as his guardians. oil with gold acrylic background on wooden panels: 9” x 12” and 12” x 12”
The sculptures are part of the Freer Gallery’s permanent collection and they’re wonderful.
My cartoon is up on Shoebox’s facebook today.
Click here to see the original: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152052276171566&set=a.85326341565.92976.84062281565&type=1&theater
Anonymous said: Could you rec any other Hades/Persephone fics?
I sure can! One of the things I did when I was writing Receiver of Many was read as much existing Hades and Persephone fiction as I could get my hands on. I figured that a 4,000 year old myth, plus lasting and continuing interest, plus a Greek mythology fan fiction community of which they occupy about 75% of the fics there, that there was a good chance that my idea had already been done. (I’m sure that there are those who could argue that writing ANYTHING about Hades and Persephone has already been done, but I digress.)
There were four unique plot elements that, had they existed in someone else’s work, would have prompted me to stop writing and either find a different story or scrap what I had done so far. Two have been revealed so far, two are upcoming.
So I read. And I read. And I read.
I can say without hyperbole at this point that if it is about H/P, if it exists on FanFic, FicPress, DeviantArt, AO3, or is available for download via Kindle, I have read it. The excellent, the good, the bad, the barely-readable, I’ve read it.
First off, we’re all looking for different things when we’re looking for an H/P fic. As you might be able to guess from my writing, an ideal fic for me is going to have a strong Persephone character (I hate reading her as a submissive MarySue milquetoast); a flawed but decent Hades who is a bronze-age male but isn’t an outright rapist; a decent supporting cast founded in mythology; and well-written sex. I would add that it has to have sex in it, as H&P is a myth all about sex. Special bonuses for correct era-specific clothing (unless of course it is set in a different time) and general historical perspective, pulling in additional myths, and having a well-rounded Demeter. Of course, other people’s desires, specifications and caveats will be different from mine.
Just as a note, I will be reviewing completed stories only. So with that said, and in no particular order, let’s get started, yes?
Hey, my book got a favorable mention!
g0gh said: i'd love to see a tarot card deck illustrated by you - your art style would likely suit it very nicely c: keep up the fab work
That has occurred to me, but it would depend entirely on what the muses want me to do. The way ideas come to me can be whimsical and definitely unpredictable.