Fairy Tale Paintings
Hansel and Gretel
In this piece we can see the wood choppers home to the right and as we track our way to the front of the painting Hansel and Gretel move though the forest. The dropped bread being eaten by crows. there in front of them the delightful gingerbread house. Inviting and colourful. In the rocking chair made of bones sits the cannibal witch. We can see in the attic Hansel in a cage and Gretel chained to the bed. The white bird in the tree apparently led them home after they killed the witch.
Here in this painting Dick Whittington appears 6 times. Firstly to the left when he arrives in London with the promise that the streets are paved in gold. He is taken in by a ship builder names Fitzwarren, here he works and shoe shines in the streets of London. With his money he buys a cat and one day Fitzwarren asks all his employees to give a token of good luck to his ship that was to sail to distant shores. Dick Whittington gives his cat. Meanwhile the cook abuses Dick and he decides to run away, as he does the bells of St. Mary Le bow chimes three times for him to return as he will be Lord Mayor of London. When he returns to the house he discovers he has boundless riches from the cat sent to sea, a sultan bought the cat for it's mice chasing properties. Then he did become Lord Mayor and married Fitzwarren's daughter. This fairy tale is a British one and is based on a true story, it is the subject of many pantos each year in the UK.
Little Red Riding Hood
Everyone know the story of little red, but there is a more sinister side to the tale. Originally it was meant to warn young girls of the nature of bad men. The wolf enticing the innocent into bed. That is the reason for the cherries in her basket. The blue butterflies signify innocence being captured.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack like Dick Whittington appears many times in my creation of the beanstalk. The story is well known and for me the strange story behind this tale is a rather odd one. For most fairy tales are warnings not to trust people, but in this one Jack is a thief and a murderer and on top of all that get away with it.
I liked painting this as I loved the idea of the hair cascading down the tower. The top of the tower was modeled on an artichoke flower head, as most of my inspiration in my paintings I look to the greatest creator of all time....mother nature. I love painting skies and I think I'm pretty good at giving them drama. The flower in the front of the painting is indeed the Rapunzel flower which starts the story. In the original the prince gets her pregnant and the empress banishes her to the forest. When the prince returns to the tower the empress throws him to his doom and a thorn pierces his eyes, he stumbles his way to Rapunzel to find her by her singing and her tears of joy remove the thorns. A coming of age story for mothers I reckon and how you can't keep them locked up forever!
In this story the King locks the merchants daughter in his tower as he is under the impression that she can spin gold. Rumplestiltskin appears to her over three nights (hence the three moons) On the first she gives him her ring, on the next her necklace and on the third promises her first born. When the king marries her and she has her child Rumple wants the baby and challenges her to guess his name. She sends her spies to find out and so is the end to Rumplestiltskin.
Sins and Virtues
In each house the sins and virtues are played out. The painting of the Sins is more inviting than the painting of the Virtues. This was my first attempt at exploring this part of human nature and since then I have delved deeper into the human mind to take this subject to its darkest core in Dante's Inferno.
In the Carnival of Sin painting I playfully injected well known personalities into the roles of the sins. This time each sins was accompanied by its punishment in Hell.
Lust: Oil and brimstone
Pride: Broken on the wheel
Greed: Boiled in oil
Gluttony: Devoured by snakes, rats and toads.
Sloth: Pit of snakes
For Dante's Inferno the story plays out a little differently and is a far darker piece than these playful counterparts.
The Mercurial Hebdomad loop of Monogamy.
This series depicts the seven years of married life, also know as the Seven Year Itch. As the years progress so the paintings evolve.
Year 1 starts at the springtime of the relationship, where the couple are very much in love and with the golden cage in its full glory.
Year 2 and now the couple are pregnant and still everything is fruitful and sunny.
Year 3 a second child and now we move towards the middle of the itch. But still things look good.
Year 4 things start to take their toll.
Year 5 and the rot is setting in.
Year 6 life is dull and uninteresting at home.
Year 7 total indifference between the couple.
Within each painting are other females and males, at the beginning of the paintings they are dull and uninteresting and hardly noticeable, but as the paintings develop they appear brighter as the couple go off one another. The seasons change to depict the mood. The golden cage is a metaphor of married life and the tree is its foundation.
The classical trilogy consist of the following:
Medusa: The full tale of Medusa is told here. As a Maiden she was raped by Posiden and gave birth to Pegasus, she was cursed into the hideous form of the Gorgon. She has two sisters and they guard the gateway to the underworld.
The Furies: There are three furies, and the torment the souls in Hell.
The Harpies: the scavengers, stealing people and tormenting the. thought to live on the Island of Juno.