Tuesday, 13 April 2010

APRIL 2010: New painting on its way!

A shadowy figure, Nox stood at or near the beginning of creation, and was the mother of Hypnos (sleep) and Thánatos (death). Her name (Nyx in greek) is the root for the word Nocturnal. Her appearances in mythology are sparse, but reveal her as a figure of exceptional power and beauty. There will be a few references to her Roman and Greek origins within her costume, for example the fox pelt which covers her head. Originally worn by Roman standard bearers, the pelts would have been made from lion, bear or wolf. It's the foxes liminal quality and connection with night that makes it more relevant to me! Lots of artistic licence!!! Anyway, Nox is a new addition to my myths and fairytale-inspired characters and will probably maintain a similar composition to Salome which you can see above.

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