The Falls

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Whta a razy busy week this has been! Whack-a-doo-doo! I still can’t type properly. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to look at artwork, but one piece I saw that I really like is Kiki Smith‘s series, “The Fall” (pictured above).

 

The Raft of the Medusa

"Raft of te Medusa" by Jean Louis Théodore Géricault
“Raft of te Medusa” by Jean Louis Théodore Géricault

The picture of the day today is “The Raft of the Medusa” by Théodore Géricault.

It depicts a real shipwreck and the survivors (along with some of the dead) clinging to the ship’s debris, and their immanent rescue by the teeny tiny ship you can just over the horizon. When Géricault heard about what happened, he painted this picture. Its a beauty!

Riddle of the Sphinx

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It’s pretty well established that I love mythology. I also love history and follow archaeology too.

Earlier last week I came across some news out of Greece about a tomb that was discovered  dating back to 300-325 BC. The archaeologists haven’t actually gotten inside of the tomb yet, but they have cleared up to the entrance, where two giant sphinx sat guarding whomever rested inside. I’m excited to learn more as the news about this dig unfolds.

This news triggered my imagination though, because I am fascinated by ancient Greek culture, their artwork and sculpture, and I the Sphinx. I guess I should say that even though I would absolutely love to visit The Great Sphinx in Egypt someday soon, it is the mythology behind the Grecian Sphinx that inspires me the most. The stories are great, where she brings destruction and death to all of those who cannot solve her riddle.

I’ve drawn her a few times over the years, and have made a quick painting of her once or twice (which I have uploaded to the bottom of this post). Like I say though, my mind and imagination has been triggered though, so I have spent a bit of time looking through sphinx related images. And I have included some of those in this post as well.

What goes on four legs at dawn, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?

RAWR! Chomp!

www.washingtonpost.com | exceptionally-important-greek-tomb-from-era-of-alexander-the-great-discovered

www.theguardian.com | archaeologists-greece-tomb-alexander-great

uk.reuters.com | greece-tomb

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"Oedipus and the Sphinx"  by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
“Oedipus and the Sphinx” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
"Oedipus" by Gusatv Moreau
“Oedipus” by Gusatv Moreau
"Sphinx: Narcolepsy Series" by Dave McKean
“Sphinx: Narcolepsy Series” by Dave McKean
"The Chariot" - Rider / Waite Tarot
“The Chariot” – Rider / Waite Tarot

 

"Riddle" by Todd Powelson
“Riddle” by Todd Powelson

"Sphinx Drawing" by Todd Powelson
“Sphinx Drawing” by Todd Powelson
"Sphinx" by Todd Powelson
“Sphinx” by Todd Powelson

Wings Across the West

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This last Thursday HawkWatch International held their annual event, Wings Across the West. I was hoping to get more photos of the beautiful birds but, because I arrived a little later than I’d planned, and because there were a lot of people around each bird, I was only able to get a few. I did see many more birds around the room though, including a very large Golden Eagle, a Red-tail Hawk, a Swainson Hawk, an American Kestrel, a Screech Owl, and a Great Horned Owl. I love to see birds! I walk up the surrounding canyons for a couple of hours each day and I see all kinds of birds. It always makes my day. But there is something special about standing just a few feet away from these feathered pals.

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The Celestials

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The Celestials
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Celestial Gardener

So, I mentioned in my post a few days ago that I was heading out soon to see Groot & Co. in their movie debut, Guardians of the Galaxy. Such a great movie, and I keep thinking about it…

I guess I should say that this here post may contain spoilers. Its hard for me to tell for sure what others might consider spoilers, because I kinda like it when people spoil movies. Ha! Weird, I’m sure, but true.

Anyway, what I have been thinking about the most is The Celestials. Although their appearance in the film was short but sweet, it was so damn good to see them there, and something I never expected. I never thought I’d see one of Marvel’s Celestials in a movie.

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I was probably first introduced to The Celestials way back in Thor 300. I think I’ve written about it before, but I love that comic so much I’ve had it since I was 9 or 10, and the Celestials are a big reason why. I may have lost pretty much every other comic I’ve ever owned, but I still have Thor 300. It was probably that comic that introduced me to all of Marvel Cosmic, and I’ve loved it all ever since.

Although I think they are being used a bit more in modern Marvel titles, when I was growing up seeing a Celestial was kind of like seeing Bigfoot or something. It was very rare and pretty special.

2213199-combine003Probably my very favorite Celestial related comic series though would be Earth X. Again, spoilers (on a 15+ year old book) but the idea put forward there was fantastic. Galactus comes to devour and destroy the earth because it is a Celestial egg and Galactus wants to destroy the threat before it is hatched. Although it wasn’t part of the Earth X story, I also loved how the Celestials basically were what started life on earth, according to their mythology. And they would come back every few hundred thousand years to check on earth’s progress and evolution. Cool stuff to blow my pre-teenage mind, ha!

Anyway, I just wanted to write about how happy I was to see the Celestial movie stars

 

Marvel Cosmic
Marvel Cosmic
The Destroyer VS. The Celestials
The Destroyer VS. The Celestials
Galactus VS Celestial
Galactus VS Celestial
Thor VS Celestial
Thor VS Celestial

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I am Groot!

"Oak Tree" - David Inshaw
“Oak Tree” – by David Inshaw

Off to see Groot and Company later today. Trees are such good buddies!

"Landscape with Two Figures" - by Pablo Picasso
“Landscape with Two Figures” – by Pablo Picasso
Egyptianizing figures on either side of a tree with a winged disk - 8th–7th century b.c. Neo–Assyrian Mesopotamia, Nimrud
Egyptianizing figures on either side of a tree with a winged disk – 8th–7th century b.c. Neo–Assyrian Mesopotamia, Nimrud
"The Druid's Grove- Norbury Park Ancient Yew Trees" by Thomas Allom
“The Druid’s Grove- Norbury Park Ancient Yew Trees” by Thomas Allom
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Tree of Life

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by Piero Ciafferi
by Piero Ciafferi
"Three Figures Under a Tree" by Pablo Picasso
“Three Figures Under a Tree” by Pablo Picasso
"Alchemy Tree"
“Alchemy Tree”
"Adam and Eve standing on either side of the tree of knowledge with the serpent" by Albrecht Dürer
“Adam and Eve standing on either side of the tree of knowledge with the serpent” by Albrecht Dürer
"Grey Tree" by Piet Mondrian
“Grey Tree” by Piet Mondrian
"I am Groot?"
“I am Groot?”