40 Drawings in 40 Days – #40 – Helen of Troy

The last drawing!  The first subject chosen by my husband – as opposed to my children.  My Drawing a Day Challenge concludes with this drawing: Helen of Troy. Helen had the “face that launch’d a thousand ships” which was Kit … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #39 – Danae

The penultimate drawing! In Greek mythology, Danae was the mother of the hero Perseus.  Her father, King Acrisius, had been told by an oracle that his daughter’s son would kill him.  To prevent Danae from ever breeding, therefore, he locked … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #38 – Persephone

By strange coincidence, I was listening to Anais Mitchell’s ‘Hadestown’ on YouTube and the track ‘Our Lady of the Underground’ began playing as I settled down to start today’s drawing which is of Persephone.  Persephone (or Prosperina as she was … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #37 – Ariadne

Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete and his wife Pasiphae.  Pasiphae was also the mother of the Minotaur which means wee Ariadne had a very interesting half-brother.  I bet he helped keep those teenage boys at bay … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #36 – Hephaestus

Hephaestus is the Greek god of blacksmiths, metal, fire and volcanoes – the latter from his Roman name, Vulcan.  He worked on his blacksmith shop inside the volcanic Mount Etna, crafting the weapons used by the other Olympian gods.  If … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #35 – Iris

Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow and also acted as a messenger to the gods because she could travel from one end of the world to the other and travelled speedily with the wind.  Indeed, she was married … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #34 – Siren

The sirens were a group of dangerous women in Greek Mythology, using their song to enchant and lure sailors to their deaths by drowning them.  When we vacationed on the Sorrentine peninsula back in 2006, we were told that the … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #33 – Perseus

Perseus is one of the major heroes in Greek mythology.  He’s yet another one of Zeus’ offspring which makes him a demi-god.  Perseus’ grandfather, Acrisius, had been told a prophecy that his daughter’s child would kill him so Acrisius did … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #32 – Dionysus

Dionysus was the Greek god of wine, wine-making and the grape harvest.  I, therefore, like Dionysus.  Of course, he was also the god of madness….  The Romans called Dionysus Bacchus and the adjectives Dionysian and Bacchanalian both refer to impulsive, … Continue reading

40 Drawings in 40 Days – #31 – Apollo

Having drawn Artemis yesterday, I had a strong feeling Apollo – her twin brother – would be up next.  While Artemis was associated with the moon, her brother is the god of the sun.  Among other things in a wide … Continue reading