Friday, May 30, 2008

The Eye of Gaia

Original Painting by dimarie

- progress of a painting

Acrylic painting on canvas
61cm x 61cm

Sometimes when I look at paintings, I often wonder what the many stages it goes thru visually are, before coming to its final result....

With 'The Eye of Gaia', I took photos at various stages along the way, and this is a small collection of some of those.

I've painted with oils for a few years, and unfortunately had to stop when I was pregnant with my daughter.
After her birth and life had settled down again, I resumed painting, but with Acrylics.
Completely different to painting with Oils!

And especially in hot Melbourne weather, the paint dries on the brush! :)

So, this piece is one of my first paintings done with acrylics.

Deeper meaning to this piece?

the Earth Goddess, Gaia was the second of the primeval gods to emerge at the creation of the universe.
The first being Khaos (the lower atsmosphere air and winds), Gaia was followed in quick succession by Tartaros (the Underworld) and Eros (Love the life-bringer).
She was the great mother of all : the heavenly gods were descended from her union with Ouranos (the sky), the sea-gods from her union with Pontos (the sea), the Gigantes from her mating with Tartaros (the hell-pit) and mortal creatures were born from her earthy flesh.
She is usually portrayed as inseperable from her native element, the earth.

One with the world, part of the world, mother of the world, to the world, she is the world.

In this piece the world is in her vision, it is all she sees...

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Artwork Copyright © dimarie