Leda and the Swan : a new watercolor painting

I have finally completed this painting, which I’ve been working on over the year. You can see its progress here. It is based upon Leda and the Swan , the ancient Greek myth of Zeus disguised as a swan who seduces the innocent mortal Leda.

Leda and the Swan

I wanted an African nuance, but ethereal too, with allusions to flight and feathers; the dreaminess of Leda’s imagination as she ponders Zeus’s love…This painting was done in watercolor on my favourite Stonehenge paper, with touches of gold paint, coloured pencil and ink.

Swan Maiden painting

I have gorgeous art prints for sale in my online shop, and the original is also for sale here.

Leda and the Swan watercolour painting progress

I am nearing the end of completing this little painting, which I have really enjoyed doing. As mentioned in a previous post, the concept is based on an ancient Greek myth of Zeus disguised as a swan who seduces the innocent Leda.

I wanted a kind of African nuance, but ethereal too, with allusions to flight and feathers; the dreaminess of Leda’s imagination as she ponders Zeus’s love…

leda and swan

Leda Swan

Some New stuff before the Dark stuff

Just finished this painting of what I think may be a self portrait with a swan.

Again, Blue is the colour of a certain emotion…. we are both dreaming of something…flight, perhaps ?

It is done with watercolour, gouache and pen on a beautiful 100% cotton rag Italian paper -and I think one of John’s gorgeous recycled timber frames in white Federation moulding will be perfect for it!
selfswan.jpg

Blog!- The Secret Life of a Painting…

Swan and Stripey DaisyOkay – this had to be done. I just need to learn to type as fast as i think, then blogging may not be so daunting…or weird.
Thought I would just keep a loose journal on what creative projects I am doing, there is always something, and I would love to hear about any one elses’, as it can get quite isolating as the solitary artist sitting in the studio!

For those of you who know me from the markets, festivals or just around, thanks for dropping by! For those who don’t, best to check out my website lizapaizis.com where all will be revealed….

This weekend was really wet and cold up here in the Blue Mountains. So the best thing for it was to listen to some Nick Cave B-sides & Rarities and see what would transpire visually from the auditory and imaginary realms…

I used a wax resist method on the first image with beautiful fluid watercolours on a palette and just went with the feeling, mixing greens, limes and yellows for the dreamy flying Swan. Maybe I felt like flying away….
Then, as Nick sung about various muses, angels and saloon-bar hussies, I came up with “Stripey Daisy” – a kind of cross between circus carnival and Victorian-Era advertisement. But i liked the decorative feel of it, and, obsessed as I am with colour, I loved mixing the pinks, yellows and baby blues.
She’s kind of whimsical – she is also dreaming i think, and the little starlings are allowing her dreams to take flight through the ribbons in her hair…

thanks for reading- take care ’til next time!
Liza