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Path of Art

The Athenian red figure vase above shows the Death of Sarpedon as told in Homer’s Illiad. Sarpedon was the son of Zeus and a mortal woman. He was killed in battle by the Greek warrior Patroclus during the Trojan War. On this Calyx Krater we see Hypnos (sleep) and Thanatos (death) carrying Sarpedon from the battlefield. Hermes (center), who is the messenger of the gods and is identified by his winged hat and staff, will lead Sarpedon to the netherworld. The artist is identified as Euphronios and is dated 515 B.C.

Not long ago I was talking with a professional artist and I mentioned that I had been able, when younger, to draw anything  placed in front of me. He asked me why I didn’t pursue art. My parents didn’t encourage me to have an art career because they considered it a very “ify” profession. In some ways they were right. On my part, I probably didn’t really appreciate what I could do because I could always do it. Well, anyway, he encouraged me to start drawing and painting again. I have done so, and eventually I’ll put some of my work up on this site. When I do, please, be kind in your estimations because this is the first time I’e tried to draw anything in 25 years!

The Athenian red figure vase above is one of my favorite ancient pieces. I copied the picture on this vase onto a large tile and fired it in our kiln. It is still hanging in my library. I have a number of other tiles inspired by black figure and red figure vases hanging in my home. I did these 40 years ago.

Another favorite red figure vase ~ This vase shows Triptolemos in a flying chariot receiving the secrets of the Eleusinian Mysteries from Persephone.

Another favorite red figure vase ~ This vase shows Triptolemos in a flying chariot receiving the secrets of the Eleusinian Mysteries from Persephone.

I have always loved art and art museums. I fell in love with the art of ancient Greece when studying the Classics in college. That is when I began to copy red and black figure Athenian vases on paper and on ceramic. In 1978 I was a summer student in the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. We traveled all over Greece and Crete. I studied Greek art from the Minoan/Mycenaean period up into the time of early Christianity, 1st Century AD.

A year before this, I traveled with two of my professors to Paris where I assisted them in their study and photography of the amazing RF and BF vase collections in the Louvre. While in Paris I had the opportunity to study the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, which I love.

I invite you to visit my “Pinterest” site to see my collection of information about Monet and Van Gogh. I plan to expand my art “Boards.”

My first attempts at drawing and painting in 25 years!

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