Description Dionysus Sailing with Dolphins Serti Technique on Silk
Its 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 couldnt 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 Nature Junky
I absorb nature, through every sense. Traveling, diving, sailing, and hiking through rain forest and exploring ancient cultures; their arts and ruins. It fills my mind and soul.
I work daily from nature, a leaf, a landscape, a green iguana, an orchid - there is beauty in the smallest things. It is the process, the focus of attention to detail, that enriches my soul, not the finished pen drawing or watercolor in my sketchbook. Recreating what is before me, in a simple sketch, anchors it in my mind forever.
When I am observing nature on location, I paint in watercolor or draw in ink. When I'm in my studio it all changes, sometimes only to do a rework in the same medium, but more often I wait and let the fresh sketch filter through my dreams and evolve into a completely new composition and different medium, more surreal but no less detailed. That process I cannot explain, it is an amazing metamorphoses. My sleeping self is much wiser and in more control of the medium and composition than my conscious self, which is a bit disappointing but a fact I've come to accept. I simply paint what and how my sleeping self has dictated - and it all goes smoothly.
While living in the Cayes of Belize and Honduras. I was wholly immersed and in love with the turquoise sea and all of the marine life there. I could have turned into a mermaid; it was not for lack of sea time. Dives filled with wildlife filter into dreams, and dreams morph into a Night's Tale, then into a painting. My encounters with wild dolphins were days of life altering joy.
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