Every other month we will run a Theme Challenge
where you are invited to render in any medium
one of the works included within this thread... much like the Figure Challenge from last year.
The Theme Challenge
will differ from the Masters Challenge
(which runs for a two month period) in the sense that this is for fun and simply gives you a chance to cover these pieces in the creative way you see fit. There will be no extensive background given on technique, history, etc like the Masters Challenge
... just the opportunity to have FUN!
Now ENJOY and go for it!
This month's theme is centered around the goddess of Love
... after all... Valentine's Day is this month...
Venus The Roman Goddess Of Love, also known as Aphrodite in Greek Mythology according to mythology was born of the Sea and the Sky. She was honored as the Mother of the Roman people.Venus serves as inspiration to many great works of art, including the statue of Venus De Milo in the Louvre and the great painting The Birth of Venus, by Botticelli. It is the Goddess Venus who inspires people to love one another and to celebrate the rites of Marriage. She is also associated with the rites of Spring and Fertility. Though there are many other great Goddesses associated with Love, Venus reigns as the supreme Goddess Of Love. With her exquisite features and pleasant smile she attracted many suitors, gods and mortals alike.
Sandro Botticelli (Italian) 1445-1510
The Birth of Venus
Eugène Emmanuel Amaury-Duval (French) 1808-1885
La Naissance de Venus (translated "The Birth of Venus")
William Bouguereau (French) 1825-1905
Naissance de Venus ("Birth of Venus")
My partner Janette (jalang) has come out of retirement
to help with the theme thread challenge. She has included the following photos for those who decide not to use the old masters works but something a little more modern.... here's the catch....
change these photos into your own "Birth of Venus" masterpiece.
A note from Janette:
I did a little search for some inspiring facts to get those creative juices flowing.
Here is a couple of links about Venus/Aphrodite: