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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Persephone's Rose (oil painting version)

"Persephone's Rose" 5x7
I decided to try this one in oil, using the grisaille with glazes. Again, I got a little too alla prima with it, but I'm getting better at glazing every time I do it. Click to see the acrylic version, which I no longer have, being as how I entered it in the 5x7 show at ArtHouse.

The other one had a more generic looking flower and this time I wanted a specific kind of blossom, so I chose a rose. Her expression looks a lot more intense in this one, too.

As to re-doing one's own ideas, as long as it stays fresh, sure, why not? I'm having fun with this bird lady theme.

The myth of Persephone is that Hades, king of the underworld, wanted a wife, and so he put a flower in a meadow that Persephone frequented. When she went to pick the flower he kidnapped her and took her to the underworld, where she became his Queen after eating a pomegranate. If she hadn't eaten the fruit she would have been able to go home, but then we wouldn't have winter (so if global warming is any indication, we will have to ask Queen P to kindly return to the Hades to cool things off).



7 comments:

Rick OzTown said...

Hmmm. There're SEVERAL folks I'd like to ask to "return to the Hades" from my life. /grin/

Nice piece; nicely composed.

Loredana said...

Theresa, I can't tell if I prefere the one you did before or this one...
for sure they are both lovely and a sure succes!

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks for your comments Rick and Loredana!

Erika Nelson said...

I love both pieces but something about your watercolors and acrylics allow me see more of the mysteries of your creative mind perhaps because you have to be more decisive with them and you're able to reach more of an immediate gratification? Namaste!

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks Erika, that's very helpful in my goals for oil painting!

Laura Grimes said...

Very, very interesting-- I don't think I've ever seen your finished work!

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks Laura! Turns out this version isn't finished either because I did some more work on it.