Titans and Structure
February 27th, 2018
Books on Tape - Great Mythologies of the World by the Great Courses, My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Snacks - Green Smoothie, Large Americano, Spindrift Seltzer
As addicting as "My Absolute Darling," is, I needed a break. I downloaded "Great Mythologies of the World" and started with the lectures of Dr. Kathryn McClymond. She covers Europe. I like how she sets the tone for her class. She uses the words mythology, folk tales and legends kind of interchangeably, where as some other scholars have a strict hierarchy of order for the categories. I can sum up a little bit of what I gleaned from this morning, in her view, which I also like a lot. This is a mock up word for word from my journal, haha, I can try to edit it a bit, oh well.
"For ancient Greeks world view, and Dr. McClymond's view, Greek mythology set the stage for human endeavor. It explains the world they were born into. Human beings are not handed a blank slate at birth, but come into a world fully in motion. There are Titans before the Olympians. It's up to human beings to negotiate the various human parts already moving at full speed, and to figure out where to go from there." - me copying what McClymond said into my journal, I probably missed a lot.
I love it when main characters come in after a few chapters, episodes, scenes. Maybe they do that a lot? IDK. Like in "East of Eden," even though it was hyper masculine and kind of boring, there is a strong build up of family background. They are descended from a family and you have an idea of it. And in "Gilmore Girls." Emily Gilmore is the fucking best! Rory is two generations down, and you have a sense of the family history in the first episode. There is A LOT of baggage there Rory, sorry! But it's ok, Stars Hollow is hilarious, Lorelai is a good Mom, and your Grandma is the best.
The indifference of the gods and magic beings is kind of funny too, (back to mythology..) Where do we place humanity in cosmos?
The Eleusinian mysteries and Persephone myth have really gripped my mind for the past six months. They dramatize Persephone's journey into the underworld. Im using the structure of Descent - Search - Ascent, as the basis for my Inanna, Persephone, Aphrododitee backbone to my universe creation. Inanna has too. But that's later
The Lesser Mysteries include ritual purification and animal sacrifice. The Greater mysteries get a little more interesting, as much as I can sum up include: purification in the sea, journey from Demeter's Temple in Athens to Eleusis, fasting, then drinking a special drink, special inititation, then entering the temple's Telesterion and participate further, where the secrets would be revealed. The festival ended with a big party. Sounds fun!
McClymond said the ritual had roots in agriculture cults and was similar to the Egyptian myth of Osiris? It was focused on resurrection and immortality.
This painting was my afternoon. It helps to paint flora and fauna when listening to something that really describes flora and fauna. The red underpainting is new for me. Everything is new! Slade and New York Academy of Art have helped me rethink my painting techniques. I was feeling stuck. I'm really focusing on value right now, rather than relying on color. If I have to do a monochrome underpainting so be it. You can see at the bottom right where I had to smudge out the ducks because my book was too intense.
I think I hit the climax of act 1 in "My Absolute Darling." It's really really hard to put down. It mostly just makes me want to paint Turtle. Now after a solid hour break I think I can get back into it.
Happily, my friend Celine in coming to model tomorrow! YAY! She's going to be a dream, delight, beauty kind of figure for the primordial beings. So that is what I'm going to work on now, after eating dinner.