A new red pen drawing of her lips, the soft lips I wish I could kiss
Monthly Archives: February 2011
This is my pencil drawing of Leda and Zeus as a swan, a drawing I’ve made yesterday
Zeus became a swan to be with Leda, the daughter of the king Testios of Etolia. Zeus and Leda had 4 children who came out of the swan’s eggs : the twins Castor and Pollux, Clytimenstra and Elena.
Some say the swan was a male but the legend says this swan could make eggs. How can a male swan make eggs?
Maybe the ancient Greeks knew that in birds the females have the XY sex chromosomes, while males have XX. In this legend Zeus was the mother and Leda was the father, so the roles were reverted.
This is my pen drawing of Sappho and one of the young girls who had to leave the island, a drawing inspired from Sappho’s poem No word.
I have had not one word from her
Frankly I wish I were dead.
When she left, she wept
a great deal; she said to
me, “This parting must be
endured, Sappho. I go unwillingly.”
I said, “Go, and be happy
but remember (you know
well) whom you leave shackled by love
“If you forget me, think
of our gifts to Aphrodite
and all the loveliness that we shared
“all the violet tiaras,
braided rosebuds, dill and
crocus twined around your young neck
“myrrh poured on your head
and on soft mats girls with
all that they most wished for beside them
“while no voices chanted
choruses without ours,
no woodlot bloomed in spring without song…”