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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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February 04, 2013


Seems like you mentioned a feeling of foreboding experienced when you stopped to take in this scene. And now all your details are from the same area of the painting....that area beyond the bright aspens where the slopes dive into the darkness.

Oh, I love this!

In the closeup views I like seeing the active movement of your hand with the pastels, and how these look almost abstract, yet the whole is pretty realistic. Beautiful, Beth!

Hi Mike - yeah, that's interesting, isn't it? I was sort of aware that I was choosing details from that area, but it wasn't completely conscious. It's definitely the "center of gravity" in the painting - and in real life!

Thanks so much, Rachel!

Thanks for those observations, Marja-Leena. It ended up more realistic than I had intended, but sometimes that happens and it's hard to go backwards. The surface is all pretty active still, which is a redeeming feature for me. When I feel like I've gone too far, the only thing to do is finish up and start another one, and keep learning from each painting or drawing.

I just love this painting!

Oh, I guess it is a pastel. Wonderful work.

Thank you--this showed up in my reader and it's a touch of beauty in my day.

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