Friday Two Cents: Vacationing In Ontario With George Part 2: The Stratford Festival


 

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The next place I visited on my adventures with George around Ontario is a place I have frequented on numerous occasions in the past few years. I have been going to the Stratford Festival for many years now and every summer I try to take in at least one performance, yet I never took George. So I remedied that over site. Yet I do not only go for the performances but I usually pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the town and surrounding sites, this year with George.

The first place I visit is in a town called, of all things, Shakespeare. There I stop at a local shop that sells home-made pies. Now you might think what’s the big deal about pies but these pies are made by Mennonite women. You can see that they are hand making them and they taste delicious. They not only make a variety of fruit pies but meat pies as well. Suffocate to say I stopped and George and I got a few pies for dessert.

After a nice picnic lunch and walking around to see the sights, next the biggest things I enjoy are the plays. In the past I have seen adventure plays such as The Three Musketeers, musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar and Pirates of Penzance and of course a great many Shakespearian plays. But this year I saw something I have been long been waiting to see.

Oedipus Rex At the Stratford Festival

This year I was treated to an epic Greek tragedy for the ancient world. The story of how men who learn about their fate and then try to change it. I am talking about the tragedy of Oedipus, performed in the story Oedipus Rex.

I think many of us know or have heard about the Oedipus complex. It is the Freudian theory where there are complex emotions aroused in a young child, typically around the age of four, by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex and a wish to exclude the parent of the same-sex. This was originally used to apply to young boys but a similar idea for young girls know as Electra complex. Freud used this story as the basis and of naming his theory.

I think from this theory you get a bit of the idea of the plot of the story. In the original story of Oedipus, he goes to the oracle at Delphi to learn about his fate and in doing so, he learns that he will kill his father and sleep with his mother. Horrified by this he runs away from his home because he wants to change his fate. But the Fates are playing a cruel trick on him.

On his travels at the crossroad to Thebes he encounters an older man on the road and the old man tries to run Oedipus off the road. In what can be called the first recorded incident of road rage, Oedipus kills the old man. Yet he does not realize that it is the king of Thebes, Laius.

He makes his way to Thebes, which is suffering from the terrible terror of the Sphinx. Oedipus defeats the riddle of the Sphinx and is made King but there are other troubles and in the end Oedipus vows to set everything straight. The people realize the King was murdered and the killer is in Thebes. Oedipus searches for the killer and in the process discover the king was the man he killed at the crossroads.   He is the killer but to add to the tale he also discovers that the man was his biological father, and the queen who he has married and had children with is his mother biological. WOW, you add a honey baked ham and you have yourself a Redneck Christmas.

These are the details of the story but the play is so well done and the director and actors have brought out the horror and tragedy of the tale. One actor of mention is Nigel Bennet, who plays the Teiresias the prophet in the play that knows the truth behind everything. Many who watch Murdock Mysteries would recognize him, as Chief Constable Giles. He was dressed like a cross dresser and walked very well in heals, but his performance as a blind prophet was not comical but inspiring. Spectacular and magnificent are the first words that come to mind. As well Gord Rand performance, as Oedipus was haunting and heart breaking. His final monologue was powerful and amazing to behold.

I for one loved every minute of it and as did George, but I think he liked the pies a bit more.

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Art Inspiration: Pandora; A Gift From The Gods: Final


Pandora title 

For the past four months I have been posting different elements of a project I have been working on. This has been an independent project that I worked on in my spare time. Yet over the past four months my spare time has been very limited. It took longer to complete than I realized but finally I have finished it.

In my life there have been moments that inspire me to create and wonder about different possibilities. Working with children has always been a catalyst for these moments. On numerous 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. I have always enjoyed Greek Mythology and a friend has been asking me questions about Greek myth while we have been going to art exhibits. Our discussions and these different excursions to art institutions inspired me to come up with a new scene.

It began at an art exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) were we attended the works of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon. In the exhibit I saw a sketch by Moore called Pandora. It caught my eye because if you have every seen Moore’s works, it is about the human form but the heads are small and the focus is on the body itself. Yet in this drawing he drew Pandora with a full head and face to proper proportion. This was Moore’s idea or take on the legend of Prometheus and Pandora, my favourite Greek Myth story. It made me wonder what would my take or depiction of this story be if I drew it. With that thought in mind I began the journey to create my depiction of the creation of Pandora.

From those humble beginnings, the idea was translated onto paper and then I redrew them on the computer as the images I posted. I must emphasize that these drawings are 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. I must state this because in the past I have done some creations for and with students. This project and the individual images within it are not intended for children. I so enjoy creating and this piece particularly because it is my favourite Greek Myth that I had to let myself go and create. I wanted to express myself without any limitations from others.

 Final

 

This piece is a culmination of the months of work and the assembly of the nine individual images to create this final piece. The only semi new part is the background where I drew the Parthenon temple as a representation of Mount Olympus in the sky.

All the different characters of the Pandora story are present for the final scene. I assembled all the characters and I also made sure that their eyes are all looking on their creation, Pandora. We can see then all from, right to left;

  • Hephaestus, created Pandora from clay
  • Athena, gave the gift of needlework and weaving
  • Hermes (flying), gave the ability to lie and cheat without remorse, to have the nature of a thief
  • The Kharties (The Graces) Algeae, Thalia, Euphrosne; they placed gold necklaces upon her and other gifts to make her irresistible to men
  • Aphrodite, bestowed upon Pandora the beauty, the mystery of sexual attractiveness and desire and the pain that goes with it
  • Zeus, if you look closely Zeus is holding his gift to Pandora. The Jar/Box/Urn with all the evils and plagues of humanity and of course Hope too.

 

I hope you enjoy my depiction of the final image of Pandora: A Gift From The Gods. 

Pandora: A Gift From The Gods

Pandora: A Gift From The Gods

Art Inspiration:The Gift From The Gods; Pandora: Box/Jar/Urn


Pandora title

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.

 

Jar/Box/ Urn

 

What would the story of Pandora be without the box? The interesting thing is that the original story of Pandora did not have a box but a storage jar or pithos. In the jar held all the evils or evil spirits of the world as well as one other thing. The jar was given to Pandora and her husband Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus.

Where Prometheus’s name meant ‘forethought’ Epimetheus meant ‘afterthought’. Prometheus warns his bother not to accept the gift of Pandora because he can fore-see trouble, but Epimetheus does not heed his bother’s warning.  She carries with her a jar, a gift to them from Zeus, yet she is told not to open it. Of course when someone is told not to do something they inevitably do that thing. She opens the lid and releases the evils and plagues onto the earth, but holds back hope that is still in the control of humans.

I drew the jar as a Greek urn with two handles. On it I drew the usual patterns around the urn but I added an eagle to the top centre of the neck of the urn to represent Zeus. Zeus is commonly portrayed as an eagle and so I wanted to show his influence. On the centre I redrew Pandora in her similar stance as I drew her but with her eyes closed. If you did not notice the eagle, I made sure you noticed the Zeus influence with the twin lightning bolts flanking the image of Pandora. In the final rendering this urn/jar will be place in it in a prominent place, but you will have to wait and see where it is.

In the mean time I hope you enjoy my depiction of Pandora’s Box/Jar/Urn, from The Gift From The Gods; Pandora. 

Pandora's Box/Jar/Urn

Pandora’s Box/Jar/Urn

Art Inspiration: A Gift From The Gods; Pandora: Pandora


Pandora title

  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.

Pandora

  Pandora was a gift to humanity as punishment because Prometheus gave the gift of fire to us. Hephaestus created Pandora under the orders from Zeus. She then was bestowed with gifts from the gods to make her desirable to men. She is presented to Epimetheus brother of Prometheus, as a gift. However, Prometheus warns his bother not to accept the gift, but he does not heed his bother’s warning.   She carries with her a jar, a gift from Zeus, which contains all the evils and plagues of the world, yet she is told not to open it. Of course when someone is told not to do something they inevitably do that thing. She opens the lid and releases the evils and plagues onto the earth, but holds back hope that is still in the control of humans.

  I created Pandora with a full body and legs, to show the full female form of Pandora that Hephaestus creates. I created her in a sensual pose to highlight her figure. Her leg is turned in and her left arm up was my way of creating a ‘come hither look’ for her. I also created her hair rolling off the left side of her face and shoulder to enhance that effect. I did this to cover one eye to give her that “mysterious look” as I call it. Originally I created her with blonde hair but if she is from the Mediterranean region, then she would have dark hair, hence the brown. Her shoes were supposed to be sandals but I decided to give her high heels. High heels are used to emphasize certain physical features such as her hips, behind, breasts and shapely legs.

 I hope you enjoy my depiction of Pandora, from The Gift From The Gods; Pandora. 

Pandora - Gift to Humanity

Pandora – Gift to Humanity

Art Inspiration: A Gift From The Gods; Pandora: Athena


Pandora title

 

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.

 

Athena

 Athena’s birth is one unlike any other in antiquity.  Her father Zeus had relations with her mother Metis (meaning “wisdom”) and she became pregnant.  Zeus, fearing that she would give birth to a son that would eventually over through him devoured or swallowed Metis. 

Soon after Zeus began to have a terrible headache. Since aspirin wasn’t invented then, he instead got Hephaestus to split his head open with an axe.  Talk about your spitting headaches.  Once the head was open, a full-grown, beautiful woman dressed in full armor and carrying a spear, came out and yelled out a fierce war cry at her birth. 

From her birth we can see her divine characteristics.  She was the goddess of wisdom but also the goddess of war.  However unlike Ares, Athena was the honorable side of war that had tactics, strategies and glory from war and combat.  She also had a strong relationship with her father.  Probably because she was born of him and not from the traditional woman born.  Also another aspect of her character is she remained a virgin.  

Her accomplishments and symbols were numerous but I will touch on a few. 

  1. In the Pandora tale, Athena gave the gift of needlework and weaving.
  2. Her animal symbols where the owl and snake.  Hmm. wise owl interesting.
  3. Her other symbols include her armor, helmet, spear and aegis or shield that had the head of Medusa on it. 
  4. She was also seen with a small winged female with a crown of garland of success.  Her name was Nike meaning victory.  Hmm Nike – victory. Fascinating!
  5. One of her incredible tales includes a contest with Poseidon for the control or patronage of Athens.  The contest had both deities give a gift to Athens and the people would decide.  Poseidon struck a rock with his trident and a salt-water spring or horse came out.  Athena touched the ground with her spear and an olive tree came out.  Upon seeing the tree they proclaimed Athena the winner.  In the Acropolis, across from the Parthenon, the marks of where the trident struck can be seen, as well near by the olive tree.   This began the bad blood relationship between the two deities.  This was also the catalyst for the tragic story of Medusa.

I drew Athena as an athletic woman taking into account her skill as a warrior. Of course I added the Aegis and the spear, but I also wanted to show her as a woman. Her figure and dress helps to emphases this as well drawing her with long brown hair caressing her shoulders and breasts. Her face is very feminine even though in many traditional art of Athena she had very masculine traits.

I hope you enjoy my depiction of Athena, goddess of Wisdom and War from The Gift From The Gods; Pandora. 

Athena - goddess of Wisdom and War

Athena – goddess of Wisdom and War

 

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


Pandora title

 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): Thalia

 

  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, they placed gold necklaces upon her. The Kharites were three goddesses of grace, beauty, adornment, mirth, festivity, dance and song. The next Kharites is named Thalia.

  Thalia was known as the goddess of festivity and rich, luxurious banquets. 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 Thalia similarly to her sisters, as seductive women with luscious curves and adorned in sensual lingerie. I wanted to use white for this character to have the purity of the colour enhance this character’s appeal. Granted the fact that the top is sheer helps, but I wanted the colour to enhance her figure and breasts. The hair is similar to Euphrosyne’s but I wanted more of a wavy look and having it caress her shoulder. I did not want to go for the mysterious look because I wanted the hair to frame her face more.

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

Thalia - the goddess of festivity and rich, luxurious banquets

Thalia – the goddess of festivity and rich, luxurious banquets

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


Pandora title

 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) : Euphrosyne

 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. The next Kharites is named Euphrosyne.

Euphrosyne was known as the goddess of good cheer, joy, mirth and merriment. 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 Euphrosyne and her sisters as seductive women with luscious curves and wearing lingerie. I used red for the colour of her outfit that is a bit reveling in the breasts but still leave something to the imagination. With this character I wanted to use brown hair to depict the probable hair colouring of the region. I also had her hair cover one eye to show, what I call the Mysterious Look.

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

Euphrosyne - the goddess of good cheer, joy, mirth and merriment

Euphrosyne – the goddess of good cheer, joy, mirth and merriment

 

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