Vermont oil painter, It's all about color, Nature, People paintings,
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Persephone climbing up out of the Underworld - Resurrection
I am posting views of the same painting - one of them upside down. Which one is upside down? I don't know, because I can't decide which way is up. After being stuck for months in an un friendly place, Persephone has finally seen her chance to get out of the Underworld. I have depicted her doing this under her own steam. She doesn't need anyone to lead her out anymore. She can do it on her own. I think that this series is drifting away from the classic myth and is becoming a metaphor for my life and, indeed, for the lives of all women who find themselves stuck in an unfulfilling life without knowing quite how they got there. We have to realize that we can climb out and create a new life. It will take luck, commitment and perseverance. In this painting, Persephone reaches for the winter dead tree and as she touches it, new life springs forth.
But which way is up?