Category:  Portrait Traditional Art | Posted: April 14, 2018

Hestia is the mythical Greek goddess of the hearth


by ArtistCarl

Portrait Art Contest Contest Entry 
Hestia is the mythical Greek goddess of the hearth. The background colors are hot yellows, oranges and reds to be representative of the heat and flames in a hearth that this mythical goddess controls. I decided to do a simple portrait of her with a look of innocence and knowing at the same time as Hestia is both the oldest and youngest of the Olympian gods of Greek mythology. I will leave the reader to research that. It is kind of interesting.

While I have a general concept of what I want the painting to be, I never do a painting with a preconceived conclusion about what the finished painting will look like. I prefer to make decisions while in process, or what I call having a "conversation" with the painting. However, in addition to the expression, there was another thought I wanted to represent. I did want the illusion that the painting is looking back at the viewer regardless of where the viewer was standing or sitting so I used the old masters technique to achieve this. This is a 14 by 18 inch Oil on canvas painting. There are four paintings in this collection to represent earth, air, fire and water. Hestia is the goddess of the hearth.

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This is painting number three in the Greek Goddesses of Earth, Air, Fire and Water collection that I have painted. It is an oil on canvas painting. I gave her red hair representative of flame and the hot colored background representative of a hearth because she is the goddess of the hearth in Greek mythology. According to Greek mythology once the fire has been started in the hearth it must never be allowed to go out. It is interesting to me that there is no goddess of fire in Greek mythology, but that Hestia is in charge of the flames in the hearth.

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