I was taking a class through Yale on Coursera.org in Roman Architecture (FYI: you may have seen the Roman Paintings exhibit I blogged about before). I have always adored Greek columns and pediments, etc. I could never figure out how they raised those heavy pieces to create the columns, but they must have had a great system because they erected loads of them all over. The cement carved decorations are amazing and I cannot figure out how they did that way back when! These are from Balboa Park which is celebrating its 100 year. It was built for a World’s Fair I think, bu don’t quote me on this. San Diego’s park has the most wonderful decorations on all the buildings. I love to paint there.
When I was in Greece the second time, I painted the Parthenon, as it was a dream I had most of my life. I wanted to become an architect, but never had a chance. I actually went into Interior Design at Parsons and worked in the field for many years. I am now more into re-design, but that’s another story. Anyhow, the first trip I did a contour line drawing of the front of the Parthenon as I did not have my paints that trip. I took many photos but of course, no digital stuff back then.
My sister and I were at the site but it was about 100 degrees and going to the top of the Acropolis to paint would’ve been way to hot. So I painted the theater below it until it cooled off a bit and then very quickly, we ran to the top and I painted for a very short time. Well, I since decided to paint the Erecthian (with it’s lady columns across from the Parthenon). I had painted one gal and realized I was in deep over my head because all 5 had to be exactly the same. I thought about it and came up with the idea that I would put Marilyn Monroe, Carman Miranda, Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo in for the other statues and have Athena peeking out from the Parthenon. I went online and printed out the photos and voila, this is it “The Gals of the Erecthian.”