Thursday, September 03, 2009

Perdu - Painting

This is my latest (finished) painting.

Perdu - forgotten, out of sight, French

The painting is about aging and lost beauty (not just physical beauty), which only continues to exist in our memories and thoughts.

It has been inspired by the three fates from Norse mythology: Wyrd, Skuld and Verdandi. Their Roman equivalents are the Parcea: Nona, Decima and Morta. In Greek mythology they are known as the Moirae: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.

All three mythologies agree that one of the three fates would spin the thread, the other would measure it and the last one would cut it, measuring out the fates of mortals and defining their destiny.

The two birds are Odin's ravens, Memory and Thought.

The tree necklace pendant is meant to represent Yggdrasil - the world ash of Norse mythology.

Here is the spindle, a tape measure with a Greek reference (alpha for the beginning of a life and omega for the ending of a life) and the scissors used to cut the thread. The scissors are based on a design from the T'ang dynasty.

Although not that many people still know much about the three fates, I've always been fascinated by them and some authors are too: Stephen King's Insomnia and Robin Jarvis' Wyrd Museum trilogy are just two of them, I am sure there are others.

The image is available as a print on RedBubble.


  1. Wow, fascinating AND beautiful!!!

  2. This is lovely - I really like the character and expression in the ravens. Interesting mythology too...

  3. Lovely artwork, the composition works very well and the ravens are great. BFN. Lesley


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