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, British Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I'm inspired by nature, wildlife, travel and ancient cultures; creating art while traveling and living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the British Virgin Islands. SavannaRedman.com
Artist and author, may sound like an odd combination but like most creatives, my muse hand delivers inspiration to be modeled or hatched in several mediums. Some find their muse delivers music and poetry. Mine delivers stories in an image to paint or draw, like a scrap of film on the cutting room floor, via dreams and lucid daydreams. Each story comes with its own medium, paint, ink or sometimes sculpting in various media. And always, I’ve written creative stories along with the painting. But I didn’t take it serious, my paintings and ink drawings were my focus, until I moved to Mae Nam Thailand for a year and my box of art supplies took a solo tour of Asia. So with only my carry on and notebook in hand, words became my new creative medium.
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