The White Goddess – Leucothea

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Leucothea – the White Goddess – oil on canvas 60x60cm

Here is painting 15/100 for 2013.  The story of Leucothea is a very interesting one.  She was once a mortal woman named Ino, sister of Semele who became a lover of Zeus.  Semele died when Zeus revealed his true nature to her, (at Hera’s hidden instigation, but that’s another story).  The baby Semele was carrying, who was to become the god Dionysus, was saved by Zeus, who completed the infant’s gestation by sewing him up in his thigh.  The baby was given to Ino to raise, but Hera was still on the case and sent Ino’s husband into a murderous rage.  Ino’s husband killed their elder son and Ino fled with her younger child, leaping off a cliff into the sea.  There she became Leucothea, a sea goddess, who aided sailors in times of distress.  She saved Odysseus after Poseidon had destroyed his raft by wrapping him in her bouyant white shawl.

2013 – 100 paintings challenge

I’m very excited about 2013, and very happy to have arrived here. I think it’s going to be a big year in my artistic growth. One of my major challenges for this year is to paint 100 paintings. As friends quickly point out, that’s two per week. Well, they don’t all have to be large ones, I suppose. So, to get the show on the road, and running only slightly behind schedule in Week 1, here is my first painting — Life’s a Bitch. I painted it for the Royal Queensland Art Society’s January show themed “Life’s a Beach”. My reference photo was taken recently at the dog beach at Port Macquarie, NSW. My friends’ dogs were having such a good time. Their simple joy in living is instructive.

Life’s a Bitch – oil on board – 60×40 cms

Oil on board 60x40
Oil on board 60×40