Sustenance For A Wild Woman, Defined

What? Sustenance, in a few realms. Visual, as my paintings, prints and books; Spiritual, as a few exotic thought ingredients with which to cook up your own meal; Physical, as a collection of innovative food notes developed through 30 years of keeping several balls in the air at once. Some of the “balls” include keeping…

Dazzling May

April is said to be Aphrodite’s month, but here in the northeast U.S., 2 hours from the Canadian border, it’s really May. Along with the just-completed painting above, here are a few shots of the surroundings that have overwhelmed me with their beauty in the past couple of weeks.

Weaving the Muses Into a Tale of the World

The spark of Life, calling to Itself. The Universe explodes/we see stars. The calm and beauty of a new day / morning after. The song grows richer, with layers of meaning. The rhythm of Life’s song enfolds us, carries us. The elaboration becomes High Drama; we are fascinated. Drama ends in tragedy; Life moves towards…

Nine Muses, part III

A brief introduction to the remaining Muses… Kalliope (or Kalliopeia) is translated as “Beautiful-voiced”. Kalliope is the Muse of epic poetry. She is also the mother of Orpheus. In this image, clearly there is a lot going on, before and after this instant. An epic in progress. Kleio is the Muse of history. This image…

Three More Muses

Bonjour, continuing the brief Muse profiles started in last post. When they are all introduced they’ll be reordered to make an elemental story of the human experience. Euterpe is the Muse of lyric poetry. While it is said that Euterpe carried a flute, I can’t imagine how she could sing or recite lyrics with a…

The Nine Muses

Some years ago, having difficulty recalling all the Muses’ names and their respective activities, I thought to make an image of each as a memory aid. The Muses are almost never seen fully or directly, we only perceive the inspiration they might bestow. What media would best depict the invisible inspiration behind the various arts?…

Chthonically Thinking

Ix Hun Tah Dz’ib, Ix Chebel Yax, and Chibirias are all names recorded for the Mayan creator deity who had a red paintbrush and used it to color red clay, flowers, bird parts, and the like throughout the jungle. But what if there really are no deities, demons, potentialities, outside of us? What if everything…

Ethereal Emissaries

Apart from their elaborate mating displays, cranes have been seen dancing to musically rhythmic sounds*. In their wide variety of documented behaviors, as well as in their various graceful and awkward movements, I see an elegant creature paralleling so many human emotions and concerns. A perirrhanterion was a decorative open basin of water for symbolically…

Beauty and Imagination

Still Life With Tattooed Figurine I paint imaginary relics from ancient cultures. The beauty, materials, and purposes of ancient artifacts fascinate me. Humans have not changed much since we first appeared, and I look forĀ  threads of continuity in our needs and concerns. The actual artifacts that remain are often our only links — clues…

Sanctuary

Selene And Aphrodite Discuss The Growing Season The temenos, the dedicated area of land surrounding the temple, usually comprised the largest part of a sanctuary. Pilgrims and refugees might safely camp there, resident servants of the deity could be glimpsed in the midst of normal daily tasks. Wild flora and fauna would abound in the…