Saturday, October 29, 2016

Selene and Amphitrite

And a couple more little Goddess works, this time experimenting with using a brush for outlines, rather than a pen. They are in colored inks, and are quite small, only an inch and half wide.

This one's Selene, Σεληνη in Greek, the Moon Goddess.

And this one is Amphitrite, Αμφιτριτη in the Greek, the Goddess of the Sea (or one of Them, anyway).

They're very fun, especially the Greek lettering!

Abundantia and Aeternitas

I've been obsessed with this odd technique lately, and though it's having its successes and failures I am determined to get something useful out of it. It uses white gouache as a resist, with ink painted over it. When the ink is dry the gouache (which doesn't stick to the paper) is washed off, leaving the ink behind, usually as outlines. I've seen it done with black ink as outline, but I thought I'd try it with colored inks in several layers of alternating gouache and ink. It's had, as I said, a couple failures so far, but I've got two little pieces that I think do work (the originals are about three inches in diameter).

The first one is the Roman Goddess of abundance, Abundantia, shown pouring out the riches of a cornucopia. I was trying to get away from outlines and just do some shapes. Not sure I succeeded. I'm really very fond of (and used to) outlines.

And the second (actually the earlier of the two) is Aeternitas, the Roman Goddess of eternity, with Her traditional imagery of the Sun and Moon (considered eternal), and the ouroboros, or snake biting its tail, symbolic of infinity.

The links go to the Obscure Goddess Online Directory entries for said Goddesses, and incidentally I recently converted all the OGOD stuff over to php. I also redesigned and streamlined things a bit there, which should make it easier to navigate and read all around.

Hathor of Gold

Hathor of Gold, Mistress of Turquoise, done for the September Goddess by Request on my Patreon. It's in metallic acrylic paint, with the color being the positive space, painted over the black outlines to get a certain line quality that I really like (like some prints). The original is nine by twelve inches, on canvas board, which I'm not sure I like all that well (too much texture for me). But I like the finished piece.

I've set it up as a print over at deviantArt as usual, if anyone's interested.