Art for Mythologies

 

I created the cover and several illustrations for Danaë Vlasse's new album, MYTHOLOGIES. This classical vocal album showcases award winning musicians and vocalists including Sangeeta Kaur Teresa Mai, whose last two albums I worked on. Jeff Burne added his amazing graphic design expertise making a truly spectacular package. Go to danaevlasse.com to learn more about Danaë and her beautiful music. 

This album reflects her Greek roots and so elements of Homer’s Odyssey are portrayed in the music as we follow King Odysseus returning home to the island of Ithaca after the Trojan wars.

 

 

The Three Graces in Greek mythology represent goddesses of charm, beauty, and creativity. Daughters of Zeus —  Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia — who were said to represent youth/beauty (Thalia), mirth (Euphrosyne), and elegance (Aglaea).  

This art represents the song Euterpe's Lament. Each muse was responsible for safeguarding major cultural elements, including History and all the arts. This song represents the faith these muses represent despite the recent unprecedented worldwide closure of concert halls, museums and cultural venues.

Danaë, Hila Plittman, and Sangeeta Kaur Teresa Mai posed for this art. All images are mixed media and digital.

 

 

Penelope. One of the best known female figures from Homer’s Odyssey is Queen Penelope of Ithaca, wife of King Odysseus, who employs astute strategies to fend off her suitors' advances while loyally awaiting her husband's return.

Penelope is a strong example of female independence in her era. She epitomizes loyalty to her own heart, trust in her choices, and a perceptive understanding of how to navigate social expectations while maintaining her power and defining her destiny.

Danaë posed as Penelope for this art.

 

 

Sirens. Sirens are perhaps the best known and most enduring element of Greek mythology. Their songs were reputed to be irresistibly alluring, but famously caused the demise of all who heard them. These myths have inspired every art form – filling the world with iconography of mermaids for millennia.

Danaë, Hila, and Sangeeta posed as the beckoning mermaids.

Below is a poem I wrote inspired by the Sirens song.

Sirens

Lusty storms of promise
desires of ancient lore

Sirens whisper songs of love
Beckon sailors to their door

Death and longing
intertwined
on rocks of distant shore

Enticing waves soon become
a shipwreck’s dying roar

 

The Prince

The Prince, mixed media.

Producing a portrait is a task I take very seriously. I have created hundreds over my career many for the big publishers (Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated) and each one is a challenge. The first goal for me is to capture the spirit of the person. I want the likeness to ring true, but the soul must be present in the art for it to be successful. I generally like to meet the person, make sketches and take my own photographic reference. Then the materials take over and may be a fusion of drawing, painting, digital elements.
 
You can see many of my portraits in, The Art of Greg Spalenka book and more at this link.
 
The art you see above is a recent commissioned portrait of Anna Melcher with her spirit guide. What was different and touching about creating this artwork is that the choice was made to focus on the power of this very real presence in Anna's life.
 
The extra challenge here is that there were no pictures of this leopard entity so there was much sketching and finding reference that would reflect its beauty and regal qualities. We explored ideas of Anna being close to this spirit in a tangible way, which I really liked (below), but she wanted to let her guide take center stage.
 
 
The next step was to capture the feeling of this kingly force of nature, without coming across to patriarchal. The crown he wears was refined a few times. Below was one version.
 
 
The final portrait has a magical, very storybook quality to it... almost Pre-Raphaelite like.
In the world of ubiquitous smart phone photographs there is something refreshing and yet timeless about slowing down to appreciate a life made into art. I thank Anna for the opportunity to render her likeness in such a unique and special manner. 

2021 Divine Nature II Calendar

 

The 2021 Divine Nature II Calendar is looking beautiful.

It has been over a decade since my first calendar was produced with Amber Lotus and Duirwaigh. I felt sharing some art highlights of the last ten years celebrating the Goddess, Nature, and the Divine in all of us would be inspiring and uplifting. Every month has an image to remind us of the beauty in our life. In addition to the art with explanations of their meaning and symbolism, there are thoughtful quotes, and even a lesson on meditation! Did you know I have been a devoted meditator for 30 years?

I am printing these with Graphic Sky, my local printer in Santa Fe. They print all my museum quality giclees and are doing a stellar job with this calendar. Order by December 14th to receive yours by Christmas and before they sell out.

Only $19.95. Buy Now.

  • 8.5″ x 11″ wall calendar (11″ x 17″ open)
  • High-quality printing on premium paper stock
  • Saddle-stitched
  • 28 pages total
  • Contains legal holidays, phases of the moon, special quotes, and other important observances

Also for Narnia Fans: request the limited edition signed Aslan postcard in the comment box when placing your order.

 

December 11, 2020 by Greg Spalenka
Tags: #art #art #goddess #divine #spirit #feminine #grace #Spalenka #alchemy #FineArt #drawing #dream #painting #beauty #female #visionaryart #sketch #goddessrising #sacredwomen beauty #nude #botanical #exotic # #feminine #beauty #grace #classical #art #Spalenka #FineArt #portrait #love #prayer #GoodFriday #easter #love #hope #spirit #portrait #Jesus #religion #Christian #Catholic#Krishna #religion #peace #beautiful #SRF #meditation #romantic #nude #venus #Botticelli #chalk #chalkboard #shell #painting #nature #love #sensual #instaart #drawing #sacredwomen #beautiful #gobotanical #goddess_rising #Heart #romantic #nude #venus #Botticelli #tree #reguvination #forest #painting #nature #love #sensual #instaart #sacred #sacredwomen #beautiful #gobotanical #goddess_rising #Heart #romantic #portrait #Pre-Raphaelite #pictorialism #venus #MotherMary #photography #pictorialist #veil #Queen #digital #model #girl #beauty #empowerment #proud #sacredwomen #priestess #exotic #beautifu #romantic #venus #shell #sculpture #digital #model #girl #beauty #boy #kiss #empowerment #proud #sacredwomen #priestess #exotic #beautiful #thefutureisfemale #goddess_rising #spiritualenergy #spiritualityawake #spiritualenlightenment #expandingconsciousness #soulguidance #youcreateyourownreality #spiritualbeings #gowithin #highervibration #spirituallife #soulconnection #spiritualawareness #thirdeyeopen #empaths #soulpu #womanpower #art #classical #grace #beautiful X #feminineX #feminine #Strength #Spalenka #goddess #divine #spirit #Spalenka #alchemy #beauty #model #fashion #fantasyart #visionaryart #mythicartX #goddessrising #sacredwomen #warrioress #durga #dia

Ascendent Spiral

“Ascendent Spiral,” 8.5 x 10.75, graphite, acrylic paint, coffee, oil pastel, prisma color pencils, metallic spray paint on board. I am always exploring the chemistry of different art materials. $300. The beginning of love is to let those we love … Continue reading