Art Inspiration: A Gift From The Gods; Pandora: The Kharites (The Graces) : Algaea

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 In my life I have had moments that inspire me to create and wonder about different possibilities. Working with children has always been a catalyst for these moments. On a number of occasions I have provided a drawing or art class for the children and their curiosity has inspired many ideas and creations. Some of these inspirations have produced scenes of me drawing them camping, or as characters from Harry Potter, but the majority of them enjoyed me creating a scene based on the Greek gods. I have posted this work so titled The Greek Gods, Distraction on Olympus”.

This experience was so enjoyable that I have been thinking of creating another scene from Greek Mythology for some time. In the next few weeks I will be posting the different characters of this scene and a little background info on each one.

I must emphasize that this drawing is not for the children in my school but an independent work I undertook for my own enjoyment. It is from my imagination and may be a bit adult.


The Kharites (The Graces) : Algaea


In the Pandora story she is given different gifts to make her irresistible to men. One group of goddess known as the Kharites or Graces bestowed a gift to Pandora. The Kharites were three goddesses of grace, beauty, adornment, mirth, festivity, dance and song. I will reveal these goddesses one at a time starting with Algaea.

Algaea was known as the goddess of beauty, splendour, glory, magnificence and adornment. She was also the wife of the god Hephaistos and the mother of the four younger Kharites named Good-Repute, Praise, Eloquence and Welcome. She was also named Kharis (the Grace) and Kale (Beauty). Her and her sisters were usually depicted in art as three nude women dancing, yet for this piece I wanted to portray them in seductive attire to give the illusion of nudity.

I drew Algaea and her sisters as seductive women with luscious curves and wearing sheer lingerie. There are parts you can see but I wanted to leave some things to the imagination. Usually many goddesses have dark hair but this character I want to have blonde hair. I coloured her outfit in a darker colour because here sisters will be wearing more liter colours.

I hope you enjoy my depiction of Algaea one of the Kharties from The Gift From The Gods; Pandora. 

Algaea - goddess of beauty, splendour, glory, magnificence and adornment - one of the ‘Kharties’

Algaea – goddess of beauty, splendour, glory, magnificence and adornment – one of the ‘Kharties’


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