ABOUT: The familiar story of Narcissus from Greek mythology is that he/she could love no other until discovering his/her reflection. Then, falling in love with this reflection for ever after. Self-infatuation. I’ve updated the story to a mature-aged model who is questioning her own life. It’s not that superficial self-absorption of youth, but a mature, deep self inquiry. It’s so satisfying to work with a model who has a history of experience to draw upon.
MEDIUM: Watercolor on Arches paper
DIMENSIONS: 9.5″ H x 4.75″ W not including frame size
ABOUT: In Greek mythology, Hermes is the messenger for the gods. Hermes protects travelers, thieves, merchants, and orators. Later, Hermes became Mercury for the Romans. My Hermes is a little harried looking, maybe because carrying the message is more fraught with challenges these days.
ABOUT: In Greek mythology, Hades is god of the dead, king of the underworld. Here I’ve used the mirror to represent the entrance to that other world. The mask, studded garters and wristbands seemed fitting for this god. Hades is one of my series on Gods, Demons, and Scoundrels focusing predominantly on the Greek gods and goddesses. These characters are so rich and engaging to work on.
ABOUT: Sophia is a professional dancer and we can see this in the way she positions herself. She is very creative in the forms she creates. I like the tension made by the angel pulling . . . what? Is she pulling souls into heaven? What is at the other end of the rope?
ABOUT: Here I was working with a new model, her first time posing. She has great body awareness. She was also going through some big changes in her life and the butterfly wings and skull seemed appropriate to express this ‘metamorphosis.’ As Buddhist tell us, life is in continual flux. Yet, we seem to experience periods of more turbulence than others. I think this was a satisfying session for both of us. It’s so nice to work with a more mature model