Princess of the Thousand Roses

Based on a song by Vangelis for the film, Alexander. It is the song that plays when the fallen King Darius’ daughter meets Alexander the Great for the first time.

The entire painting is based on Persian carpets and textiles.

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You can hear the princess being addressed at 0:42 as the Princess of the Thousand Roses.

Until We Meet Again

Loss in an age of heroes.

Achilles put coins on Patroclus’  eyes for the ferryman into the underworld. Then his body was burned on a funeral pyre.

In 2 Samuel 1-27, David receives news of the death of Jonathan. In mourning, David composed a lamentation :

How the mighty have fallen
    in the midst of the battle!

Jonathan lies slain upon your high places. 

When Hephaestion left him, Alexander the Great’s grief was so uncontrollable that he soon followed his friend into the afterlife 8 months later.

In the Captive Prince, Laurent held his brother safe in his heart while avenging his death after the Battle of Marlas.

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I am that one voice
In the cold wind that whispers
And if you listen
You’ll hear me call across the sky…

Remember:
I will still be here
As long as you hold me
In your memory” – James Horner

Alexander

The Alexander Sarcophagus is a late 4th century BC Hellenistic stone sarcophagus adorned with bas-relief carvings of Alexander the Great. It is considered the outstanding holding of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. I visited the museum 3 years ago.

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Katie Davis says:

This is amazing! It’s like he’s riding his horse right out of the paint and coming to life! I think the reds in the background really complement the gold of Alexander and his horse! I really love this style!

The Seven Deadly Sins

The complete compilation

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The Wrath of Alexander – Deadly Sin #1

The Excess of Dionysus – Deadly Sin #2

The Lust of La Païva – Deadly Sin #3

Iago’s Envy – Deadly Sin #4

Jezebel’s Greed – Deadly Sin #5

Arachne’s Pride – Deadly Sin #6

The Lazy Stepsister – Deadly Sin #7

The Wrath of Alexander – Deadly Sin #1

I always wanted to do a series of Deadly Sins but I was not sure how to paint them. Should I do an allegory? A pictorial drama? Then I found the solution. I love history and literature so I decided to look for all historical, mythological and literary characters whose lives fit with the Seven Deadly Christian Sins.

Deadly Sinner #1 : The Wrath of Alexander

Alexander the Great had a mighty temper. This scene could depict any of his many furious outbursts on his extraordinary journey from Greece to India. He slaughtered every man, woman and child in Tyre when the stubborn island city refused to submit to him. He punished a Gazan  governor by dragging him behind his chariot while the man was still alive. In a drunken fury he killed his own general, Cleitus the Black, when he dared challenge him. And so on. And so forth.

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The Oracle

I wanted to do something with an Egyptian theme, so with a picture of a dancing girl that I found online, I built this composition.

Also, historically, Alexander the Great went to visit the oracle at the Siwa Oasis in Egypt and it was there that he was told that he was the son of a god.

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This scene reminded me of a similar dancing oracle from the film 300.

 

A Greek Theme

In the past months I have read a lot of Greek mythology, Alexander the Great biographies by Phillip Freeman and Robin Lane Fox and the Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. So I fueled up on Greek yogurt and feta cheese to produce these Hellenic themed acrylics on canvas. Special thanks to fellow artist Kathleen for your feedback!

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The Death of Achilles, 2016 based on the sculpture Dying Achilles by Ernst Herter

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Olive Oil, 2016

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Figs, 2016

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Human, 2016, watercolor (based on a sculpture by unknown artist at darkdecadence.tumblr)

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 Angel Uriel , 2016 (based on dresses from Dolce & Gabbanna Fall 2014; this type of art is also present in Orthodox Christian Churches in the Balkans and Eastern Europe)