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Leni Leni

"Halcyon" by Leni Leni

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So, this doesn't quite feel finished but I didn't know what else to do to it.
This is an interpretation of the ancient Greek myth, of Alcyone, the seventh sister.
Alcyone is the daughter of Aeolus, the Greek god of the wind. She loved her husband Ceyx, with him, she ruled Trachis and brought both peace and prosperity to the town.
In their private moments she would jokingly call him Zeus and he would call her Hera, queen of his heart.
However, their blaspemy reached the peak of mount Olympus and angered the gods.
When Ceyx, was at sea, Zeus struck down his ship with a thunderbolt and slayed him.
Alcyone waited many months for his return. Burdened with worry, she prayed every hour to the gods for the safe return of her husband. The god Morpheus sends an apparition of Ceyx to tell her of his fate.
Filled with grief, she runs to the shore and throws herself into the waves so that she may join him.

Yet, volatile and fickle, Hera observes this sacrifice and takes pity of the couple, whose love was stronger than death. She sends her husband Zeus, who transforms them both into Halcyon birds (kingfishers).

Alcyone wanders the cold and icy ocean alone, contemplating her fate. Neither fully or bird, she clings fabric to herself to cover her nakedness and her wings are made of wood. Knowing there is no place in the world for one such as her, she waits for the shortest day of the year, when she can meet Ceyx again.
During this time, Aeolus calms the winds and the sea, which is why sailors refer to the calm of mid-winter as 'Halcyon days.'

This is a lesson on the strange nature of the Greek Gods.

14 Oct 200945 Relentless
Interesting mythology picture!

:-) Leni Leni replies: "Thanks"
14 Oct 2009:-) Chelsea L Pennelly

:-) Leni Leni replies: "Thank you : )"
14 Oct 2009:-) Anne Wipf
Beautiful. Thank you for relating this myth, I didn’t remember it. And congrats for a well deserved MP 1

:-) Leni Leni replies: "Thanks very much!"
14 Oct 2009:-) Kristen j lennox
i love greek mythology and this is really beautiful

:-) Leni Leni replies: "Me too, so much can be read into those stories. Thank you."
14 Oct 2009:-) Feyaia Vanpri
Halcyon days.

The painting and the telling, were wonderful. Thank You.

:-) Leni Leni replies: "Thank you! 1"
19 Oct 2009:-) Otto Christopher Bixler

:-) Leni Leni replies: "Why thank you.
26 Oct 2009:-) Victoria Lia Yu
This has such a beautiful story behind it. I really hate it went Greek gods do random things that ruin great couples. Winter is coming again, soon, the couple can be reunited for that one short calm day. Lovely picture.

:-) Leni Leni replies: "Thank you."
2 Sep 2010:-) Pascualito jr velo ginez
where this some kind of from?
12 Oct 201345 Christopher
OMG... I WAS LOOKING FOR THE ORIGINAL PICTURE FOR YEARS!! I can’t believe it... I finally found it!!
Along with the artist!!

The first time I saw this picture was in this chillstep music video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBnYFLW--TA&noredirect=1

(Sorry for my english, I speak spanish 10)

12 Oct 201345 Christopher
Aw, sorry for that emoticon xD!
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 • Created by: :-) Leni Leni
 • Copyright: ©Leni Leni. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Alcyon, Alcyone, Bird, Exquisite, Floating, Greek, Grief, Halcyon, Human, Icy, Lonelyness, Most, Myth, Night, Ocean, Pain, Plieades, Sad, Stars, Transformation
 • Categories: Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters, European Traditions, Mythology
 • Techniques: Computer Painted from Scratch
Modpick •  Mod Pick at: 2009-10-14 00:25:55
 • Submitted: 2009-10-12 10:38:13
 • Views: 6338
 • Resolution: 1472x981

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