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February 8, 2014
Breathtaking illustration of Erato, muse of love poetry, from theperian
Featured by jane-beata
Suggested by STelari
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Yes, I do plan on finishing the series I start. Sometimes it takes a year or two. ;)

This is Erato, Muse of love poetry. I tried to make her a counterpart to the muse of epic poetry, Calliope (in the red, below): the former light, fragile, all water and air; the latter stalwart, sombre, a muse of fire and stone. The verse embroidered along her hem is from a love poem by Sappho (I hope - I don't read Greek, so I'm relying on university websites for honesty).

Still deliberating over the hair. I wanted to make it pale, but it feels a bit too pasty. Hmm. That's the nice thing about light colours. If I change my mind, I can go in and alter it later.

Calliope by theperian Thalia by theperian Polyhymnia by theperian Urania by theperian Melpomene by theperian Euterpe by theperian

Many thanks for reference stock to :iconavestra-stock: for the seagulls and :iconstock-foto-graf-hi: for the superb model image.

First work of 2014 - mixed media (watercolour, ink, coloured pencil.)


Oh, my goodness! Thank you so much to Sylwia Telari for suggesting this one for a DD, and Jane Beata for featuring it! :hugs: Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm deeply honoured, and so proud of my poetry twins (Erato and Calliope) who both now have one to their name. I can't say it enough - Thank you!


Limited-edition, archival-quality prints of this painting are available on Etsy.

Image size
3110x4500px 4.36 MB
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you know for Erato she is quite modestly dressed

otherwise good work