“Gordian Knot”: 90 From Life – Day 52
This is day 52 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day.
For those of you who might not be familiar with the story of the Gordian Knot, it goes like this:
Alexander the Great arrived at the city of Gordium in modern-day Turkey, and was told of a large and complicated rope knot tied through the yoke of a ceremonial cart in the local temple. Legend said that whoever could undo that knot would rule all of of Asia, and many had tried and failed. Alexander studied the knot for a while, and then rather than trying to untie the knot as all the others had done, he simply pulled out his sword and cut it in two, stating that it did not matter how the knot was undone, so long as it was undone. He went on to rule all of Asia, at least as much of Asia as the ancient Greeks knew about.
It’s probably just a story, but it is a great story, and the Gordian Knot has become a byword for an intractible problem that gets solved in an unexpected way.
This video shows the whole process of making this painting – start to finish – in under 3 minutes.