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Caroline Berg

The rosy-fingered dawn mentioned in Homeric epics, but she is so much more than that!  Eos is not only the goddess of dawn, but of all light during the day.  She is said to ride in a chariot drawn by four white horses, heralding the day like her brother Helios, but having much more power than him.  She is the soft blanket of colors first and last seen.  She is the bright rays of the sun.  She is the powerful warmth of that light. Now, I don't actually like bright colors all that much, but occationally I feel the need to draw with them.  And so Eos was created.  Her four white horses became four white doves.  Mostly because doves are associated with dawn (but more with the planet venus, I hope Aphrodite/Venus doesn't mind).  The outer triangles show the changing time of day, with pinks of dusk and dawn near the bottom and the bright blues of noon at the top.  The circles that are wheels symbolize not only the turning of days through the seasons, but also the bright golden wheels on her chariot.  Her hands has rosy fingers (how could I resist?)  And she wears red and "saffron" since the ancient greek writers mentioned her wearing one or the other color in their many stories.  I decided her eyes should be made of light.  Finally, the gold diamonds symbolize the dawn star, or the planet Venus, because Eos is also a goddess of the morning. Drawn in September, 2006.  Hastily made by my standards: it was drawn after my grueling other Art Nouveau pieces (*cough* Memory Jar *cough*), so I felt like I could relax my standards a bit. Not one of my best, I was a little sloppy with straight lines, but I do like drawing goddesses.  Made with colored pencils, gold gel pen and black ink outlines.

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