Mt. Parnassus and the Greek Key
One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about the last few commissions I’ve done has been collaborating with the collectors to make highly personal paintings. We’ve done this by carefully selecting objects that tell their stories.
This painting has a few such elements, and to me the most interesting is that small circular box. The family requesting this painting has a Greek background, and they wanted the painting to reflect that heritage. During the planning conversations, they mentioned using a Greek Key motif somewhere in the composition. Rather than being overt about it, I thought about making a visual pun on the phrase “Greek Key”, and they liked this idea.
Mt. Parnassus is a mountain in central Greece which in ancient mythology was home to the Muses – therefore important to the arts. Years ago, a friend of mine visited Greece, and brought me back a small stone from Mt. Parnassus, and gave it to me in that circular box with a cutout of the Parthenon on top. That little piece of Greece plus the skeleton key forms the “Greek Key” pun, and the folded cloth behind reflects the mountain-like shape of the stone itself.
The painting is very nearly done, and I should have finished images of it tomorrow.
…and – Happy New Year!