I have been experimenting with watercolour the last few weeks. I am planning on making more deities associated with different times of the wheel of the year
This one was made for Samhain, or Halloween for most people. Demeter, Greek goddess of the harvest had a beautiful daughter called Persephone. She was abducted bij Hades, God of the underworld to be his queen. He planted the most beautiful flower (a Narcissus) to lure her. Demeter went into mourning and no harvest came, crops started to die and the land grew colder and colder.
After three months, Zeus on mount Olympus started to notice that they weren't getting any offerings from the humans down below because Demeter was in mourning and did not let anything grow. They decided it would be best to get Persephone back.
But before Hades let her leave, he tricked her into eating a piece of a pomegranate. Forever binding her to the underworld. When she returned to mount Olympus, they saw her red stained lips and realised her innocence was gone. She had changed. Demeter was happy again and life returned to the land. Though every year she would return back to the underworld to be with her husband Hades, to help guide the spirits. Demeter would go back into mourning. This is how the ancient Greeks explained the changing of the seasons.
This can been seen as a very tragic story. Persephone was abducted and held against her will. But I like to think that when they went to go find her.. they did not find a scared little girl, but a radiant queen of the underworld. That is why I depicted her two difference aspects. Life and Death, summer and winter, day and night, girl and woman.
This work was made on 24x30 cm 300g watercolour paper with van Gogh watercolours, guache and Staedler pigment liners.