Description Dionysus Sailing with Dolphins Serti Technique on Silk
It’s hard to love the sea and not love mythology.
Dionysus, The God of Wine (later named Bacchus by the Romans) was the son of Zeus and Semele.
There are many stories involving Dionysus, but this one is is a favorite. The God Dionysus was disguised as a mortal while traveling on a ship The sailors on board decided to make a little extra money by selling this lone passenger into slavery at the next port of call. Dionysus, discovered their devious plot and became enraged. With vengeance he filled the wind with the sound of flutes and caused the timbers of the ship to sprout and rapidly grow into grapevines. Then (as an extra special touch) he turned the oars of the ship into snakes - that so terrified the crew, they promptly jumped overboard. Unfortunately most of the crew couldn’t swim. Dionysus was known to be a generous and joyful God - though he tended to be a bit excessive at times. When he heard their pleading and begging, he had a change of heart, and saved them from drowning by turning them into Dolphins.
The Greeks have known for centuries that Dolphins (as previous sailors themselves) often guided ships and helped their crew. Rescuing drowning men, women and especially children, by guiding and lifting them gently to safety. Sailors treat them with kindness and a shared kinship. Welcoming them on their voyage. Having a dolphin visit during a journey has long been viewed as a good omen from the gods.
In another story: Dionysus turned himself into a dolphin - to ferry the faithful to the temple of Delphi.
Hand painted in a serti technique on silk. 26' x 20'. *The Imagekind watermark is not on the print. To view my artwork without it - visit savannaredman.comThis artwork is also available as custom murals on kiln fired ceramic tile. Visit savannaredman.com for more info
Savanna Redman, Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Join me on facebook or Twitter - to see my newest work (as it is released), news and events. facebook.com/s.redman.art @SavannaRedman Or visit my website savannaredman.com
Currently, I'm sculpting silver jewelry, inspired by the Rainforest and Reef, and loving playing with fire!
I paint, draw, sculpt. It's a requirement: like breathing. I’ve been following the equator these last 20 years, admittedly with a bit of a wobble, finding my imagination strongest between the 16 degrees north and the 16 degrees south mark.
Rainforest to reef. Beautiful and endangered tropical flora and fauna are my inspiration, but my finished painting come from something larger than I can create in the daylight hours. They arrive in dreams, complete, and usually with a story. Sometimes I believe it’s the equatorial pull, a tropical twist that draws the glass thread of creativity from my soul. But at other times I’m certain it’s a magic spell casts by the wildlife. Or the Gods of the ancient cultures whispering in my ear – paint this, see this, dream this. I don’t always understand the source, but I know it is my job to recreate what I’ve been given in my dream.
The Gallery pages show a bit of the work I’ve created while living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the BVI. And ink drawings I’ve created while passing through, passing time, waiting on trains, planes, ferries, tuk tuks, and a camel. Nothing formal, but if you like, there’s more to see and read about my work and inspiration behind my paintings, at www.savannaredman.com.
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A quote I believe...
All true Art must help the soul realize the inner self...
True Art must be evidence of happiness, contentment and spirituality of its authors". - Gandhi