Apollo is the Greek god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more.
He actually drives a horse drawn chariot across the sky but for the purpose of this art nouveau/Mucha inspired painting, I make him physically move the sun.
Hyacinth was a dead prince that Apollo made into a flower: the hyacinth. Acanthus was another of his lovers who died tragically and she was turned into flowery bush, the acanthus plant. All plants follow the sun as it travels across the dome of the sky.
Based on a photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe.
This is my other art nouveau attempt:
In Greek mythology, the Nereids are sea nymphs (female spirits of sea waters), the 50 daughters of Nereus. The most notable of them is Thetis, wife of Peleus and mother of Achilles.
They symbolized everything that is beautiful and kind about sea. Their melodious voices sang as they danced around their father. (Wikipedia)
Nerissa is a name created by Shakespeare for a character in his play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ (1596). He possibly took it from Greek Νηρεις (Nereis) meaning “nymph, sea sprite”, ultimately derived from the name of the Greek sea god NEREU. (Behind the name.com).
Other mythical sea creatures include the Celtic selkies, French melusines*, ondines, and little mermaids.
*I studied Melusine by Jean d’Arras at the Sorbonne in Paris (shout-out to Sara Kleinman for suffering through that lecture with me)
“Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme; Remember me to the one who lives there, For once she was a true love of mine.” – Traditional English Ballad
Here is some food from the countryside! In memory of Maine Harvest Fair.
Katie Davis says:
This is fantastic!! It looks so realistic and so detailed! I think the head of lettuce (or cabbage? I don’t know my leafy vegetables very well) is my favorite! I also really like the song that you added on your blog page! WOW! I just can’t get over how real this all looks! ❤ 😀 Very beautifully done!!