Category Archives: Mythology/Folk Tales/Stories

Adaptation

Camouflage - Patrushka

This piece was inspired by nature’s ability to adapt, especially through camouflage. Camouflage increases an organism’s chance of survival by hiding it from predators. How will humanity adapt as our own world crumbles around us?

“It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.”   –  Charles Darwin

Title: “Camouflage”

Size: 9″ x 12″

Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished

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Amphitrite, A Sea Goddess

Hiding In The Kelp - Patrushka 

Title: Hiding In The Kelp

Size: 14.5″ x 18.5″

Medium: Oil on wood panel, antique gold frame

My red headed version of a sea goddess.

In ancient Greek mythology, Amphitrite  was a sea-goddess and wife of Poseidon. Some say she was one of the fifty Nereides, others an Okeanis, but most simply describe her as the female personification of the sea: the mother of fish, seals and dolphins. When Poseidon first sought Amphitrite’s hand in marriage, she fled his advances, and hid herself away near Atlas in the Ocean stream at the far ends of the earth. The dolphin-god Delphin eventually tracked her down and persuaded her to return to wed the sea-king.

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Mandragora, A Mandrake Doll

Mandragora - Patrushka

Title:  Mandragora

Size: 16 x 20″

Medium: Gouache on wood

This piece was inspired by the mandrake plant and it’s witchy history.

In ancient Greece Mandrake was once powdered and added to wines as well as various love-philtres. It was well known for making humans act like beasts and is believed to be one of the plants responsible for the legends of werewolves and shapeshifters. Mandrake is hallucinogenic, and although it contains less tropane than its relatives, it should only be ingested rarely in one’s life. As a hallucinogen it is best ingested as a tea or infused in wine, but it is much more common to find Mandrake being used in flying ointments such as the magic salve of Medea which she learned to make using Mandrake roots from the Titan. Mandrake roots also have a long history of being used as mannikins or alrauns – carved dolls imbued with a spirit and used for luck, healing, and prophecy. These Mandrake dolls were usually kept wrapped in cloth or stored in a small coffin-like box and hidden from the view of anyone but the owner. They were considered a great responsibility to own and had to be fed in order to remain potent. Such mannikins were passed down through families for generations before they were outlawed by the Church in Europe.

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Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons

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Title: Khaleesi

Inspired by Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen from The Game of Thrones.

Also known as:  the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons.

 Size: 27″ x 31″ (framed)

  Medium: Oil on wood

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Hedgehog Takes A Ride

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 Title: Hedgehog Takes A Ride

 Inspired by hedgehogs and their cuteness, magic and the sun.

 Size: 10.5″ x 13.25″

  Medium: Gouache on wood, varnished.

“I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here

Well, you don’t know what we can find
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride…”

– Steppenwolf

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Stravinsky and His Soldier’s Tale

Title: Igor’s Soldier’s Tale
Histoire du soldat (L’Histoire du soldat, translated as The Soldier’s Tale), composed by Igor Stravinsky, is a 1918 theatrical work which is based on aRussian folk tale, was written in French by the Swiss universalist writer C. F. Ramuz. It is a parable about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.
 
Medium: Oil on wood
 
Size: 14 x 18″
 
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Christopher Walken and The Raven

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Title: Quoth The Walken
 
Medium: Gouache on wood
 
Size: 12′ x 12″
 
As a young girl I used to read a collected stories, Edgar Allen Poe book that my parents had lying around the house. It was full of beautiful black and white engravings which I stared at for hours. However, it did not have The Raven included in it. The first time I heard the poem The Raven it was in the movie “The Dead Zone”, based on the book by Stephen King. The main character (which Christopher Walken played),  was reciting it and the subject matter of a lost love was a strong theme in the plot.  Ever since then, I always think of Walken when I hear the poem or someone mentions it. He is also one of my favorite actors, with a really great face – so it was a pleasure to paint.
 

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After Pumpkin Day, It’s The Day of the Dead…

Title: The Pumpkin Queen (detail above, full image below)

A personal homage for The Day of the Dead, for the spirits of the season and the beauty of both.

Medium: Gouache on wood

Size: 16″ x 20″

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A Hamadryad

Title: Hamadryad

Dryads, like all nymphs, were supernaturally long-lived and tied to their homes, but some were a step beyond most nymphs. These were the hamadryads who were an integral part of their trees, such that if the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For these reasons, dryads and the Greek gods punished any mortals who harmed trees without first propitiating the tree-nymphs.

Medium: Gouache on wood

Size: 10″ x12″

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Persephone

Title: Persephone

Persephone was titled Kore (the Maiden) as the goddess of spring’s bounty. Once upon a time when she was playing in a flowery meadow with her Nymph companions, Kore was seized by Haides and carried off to the underworld as his bride. Her mother Demeter despaired at her dissappearance and searched for her throughout the world. When she learned that Zeus had conspired in her daughter’s abduction she was furious, and refused to let the earth fruit until Persephone was returned. Zeus consented, but because the girl had tasted of the food of Haides–a handful of pomegranate seeds –she was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the earth in spring was marked by the flowering of the meadows and the sudden growth of the new grain. Her return to the underworld in winter, conversely, saw the dying down of plants and the halting of growth. – Via http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Persephone.html

Medium: Gouache on wood panel

Size: 10″ x 10″

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Title: Lillith, a Goddess of the Moon

LILITH/LILITHU (Hebrew, Babylonia, Sumeria): Moon Goddess; the patroness of witches; female principle of the universe; demon goddess to the Jews and Christians. Her sacred bird was the owl. Her name may have come from the Sumerio-Babylonian goddess Belit-ili or Belili. A tablet from Ur, about 2,000 BCE, mentions the name Lillake. Protectress of all pregnant women, mothers, and children. Wisdom, regeneration, enticing sorcery, feminine allure, erotic dreams, forbidden delights, the dangerous seductive qualities of the Moon.

Medium: Oil on wood

Size: 16″ x 20″

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