“Ride of the Valkyries”: 90 From Life – Day 53
This is day 53 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day.
In ancient Norse mythology, the Valkyrie were female demigods who roamed the battlefields choosing the spirits of worthy slain warriors to take the to Valhalla – basically the Norse idea of Heaven.
Their most famous incarnation is in Wagner’s great 4-part opera cycle The Ring of the Nibelung. Of course everybody of a certain age knows the Ride of the Valkyries from Warner Brothers cartoons… and the classic movie Apocalypse Now.
This video shows the whole process of making this painting – start to finish – in under 3 minutes… with exactly the music you’d expect.