The Nereid

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)

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Kathleen Morrill said:
DAMN
GIRL THAT IS MAGNIFICENT
Katie Davis Says:
First, I love how you always give a little background story behind your paintings! It’s always really interesting and I always learn something new! I love all the shades of blue and how her clothing looks as it flows around her underwater! This is just so graceful and magical looking and it’s really captivating to look at! I love the little bubbles going up to the surface and how, since the water is black, she really stands out! So very beautiful!

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

“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.

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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!!

Desert Rose

“I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man’s desire

This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

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And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing’s as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of her love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of Eden haunts us all
This desert flower
This rare perfume, is the sweet intoxication of the fall– Desert Rose, lyrics by Sting

 

Kathleen Morrill says:

“Oh I love the colors and depth!! So lush. Ahhhh looks like a dream”

Katie Davis says:

“I absolutely love this! The water is so life-like and the scenery in the background is breathtaking! It’s very serene and beautiful! I love how the blue of her clothing really stands out against the earth tones. She looks very pensive and it makes me wonder what her story is… This is so very beautiful!

The Pomegranate – Aged 19

This year’s academic Short Term adventure has been in Turkey. We studied political identities and history in Istanbul, Mardin, Ufra and Gaziantep within a 15 days. So in honor of all the inspiration, I will continue to paint themes from the places I visited. My dream of visiting the Middle East has been fulfilled!

I decided to make a technical change this year: I have officially moved to acrylics. Why? 1. They are water-based paints (easy to clean)    2. Far less toxic than oil paints and their solvents 3. They dry faster and I can work on layers and details more

I was inspired to paint this pomegranate because we had pomegranate juice everywhere we went in Turkey. They are such beautiful fruits too; their seeds shine like rubies. The tile work and table surface are inspired from the interior of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

The Pomegranate, 2013

The Pomegranate, 2013

In Islam, pomegranates grow  in the gardens of paradise. They are also symbols of fertility.

For more info on my other Short Term adventure last year in Scotland here is the link: https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/2012-in-the-name-of-scotland-aged-19-2/

Shout out to the crew

Turkey Short Term 2013

Turkey Short Term 2013

Shout out to our amazing professor: Senem Aslan

Prof. with her patience achievement award

Prof. with her patience achievement award