Thursday, October 07, 2010

Persephone's Farewell, Tonalist Landscape

Persephone's Farewell, 16x20, acrylic, copyright Jan Blencowe 2010

Spring and autumn are my favorite seasons, but by far autumn is my very favorite. It always has been, even when I was a little child. I find autumn to be magical, a time for both thanksgiving and reflection, a time of exuberant color and death, a time of transition and continuity as seeds are dropped that will ensure future generations of flowers and trees.

The Myth of Persephone 

Hades planted a meadow full of the narcissus flower in order to entice young Persephone. As she pulled on the flower, the Underworld opened up and Hades sprang up, carrying her off. Her mother, Demeter, searched for her desperately, stopping all growth on earth until Persephone was returned. When she was finally found, Zeus determined that Persephone should spend half the year with Demeter and half the year with Hades. During the time she spent with Demeter, life and growth on earth was allowed, thus creating spring and summer. However, when Persephone went to Hades, Demeter again stopped all growth, creating winter and fall. It is said that Persephone was required to spend some time with Hades because before being rescued from the Underworld, Persephone was forced to eat pomegranate seeds, which cemented her marriage to Hades.


Ishita B said...

Jan, autumn is my favorite season as well! It is so strange that a couple of days ago I was thinking about the myth of Persephone; but in terms of a mother's love.... Anyhow,I love the painting as well as the post! I had a blog post at the beginning of the week about autumn...Check it out when you have time. You can give me some feed back:)

Joan Cole said...

Jan, Your painting is so soft & mysterious. As always, I love it! What can you tell us all about the gorgeous Persephone painting below your post?

Dee Lessard said...

Jan, I love your inspire me!