Monday, July 21, 2014
"Drawing: Back to the Grind"

Pencil first line, then 'Sharpie' on 11x14 paper...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"Too Darn Hot!"

Can you believe this temperature? "Official" reports lie, this is the truth on our SHADED porch! 125F (52C)

Monday, July 28, 2014
"Untitled Intuitive Drawing"

Pencil first line, then 'Sharpie' on 11x14 paper...
Why is top shape "incomplete"? Because the "completeness" of the form could not be bounded by the paper!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
"Returning to my Sketchbook: Osiris (Wesir)"

I got inspired by two statues at the MFA:


Osiris II

     Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 A
"The Offering of the Eye"

     Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.)

Continuing along in the Epagnomel Days, after Wesir's birthday, it is now Heru's birthday (aka Horus the Elder).

Statuettes that show Thoth presenting of the Eye of Horus (wedjat) depict his mythological role as the healer of Horus during his contendings with Set.

Thoth heals both of the combatants. In TeVelde's Seth, God of Confusion, the lector-priest speaking as Thoth (Djhwty) "who reconciles the gods" declares:

The distress that causes confusion, has been driven away, and all the gods are in harmony.
I have given Horus his eye, placed the wadjet-eye in the correct position.
I have given Seth his testicles, so that the two lords are content through the work of my hands. (page 50)

For those keeping up with the Epagnomel days, the third day is Set's birthday.

And here are my drawing inspirations, a statuette at Chicago's OIM, and some wadjet eyes at the Met.

Thoth Offering the Eye @ OIM

Wadjet Amulets @ Met

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 B
"Set Throws Some Thunder"

     Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.)

Continuing along in the Epagnomel Days, after Heru's birthday, it is now Set's birthday (aka Sutekh).

For inspiration, I've taken from two different statues of Set, the bronze statue at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and the granite statue at the Cairo museum. (Credit given to the various photographers at the link pages)

"As son of the two men, however, Thoth is preeminently the mediator who ends the contention. Yet this work of Thoth must be confirmed by greater gods. Thoth's name may even be passed over. In spite of the part played by Thoth in the "Contendings of Horus and Seth" it is Re, the lord of the universe, who divides the universe: Horus becomes king of the earth and Seth god of thunder in heaven." (TeVelde, Seth, God of Confusion, page 61)

In Thutmose III's Heb Seb scene, we can see the glyphs for "Lord of Heaven" directly above Set's ears.

(Note of November 26, 2017):
I did do a drawing Thursday, July 31, 2014 of "Isis with Baby Heru", but with a few years time, I've decided it's too horrible to share. This is just to let you know, I did give her a try on her birthday! :)

Friday, August 1, 2014 A
"The Peace"

The shore,
where land meets water.
The peace,
where acceptance meets action.
The moment,
where past gives way to future.
The hand,
which receives and gives.
The heart,
which embraces and is embraced.
The gratitude,
warming the soul, inspiring love.

JAL, 8-1-2014

Via this scan, you can see my ending line process, as I first consider 'faith', which gives way to 'hope', and then I am reminded of the verse:
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." - ( New International Version )

Friday, August 1, 2014 B
"Nephthys (Nebthet)"

     Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.)

Continuing along in the Epagnomel Days, after Isis' birthday, it is now Nephthys' birthday (aka Nebthet).

For inspiration, I've taken from a statue at the Brooklyn museum, # 55.121.5, but my photo wasn't in the angle I needed. So I found a better angle at the museum's website. I also took a clue or two from a statue at the Louvre. However, I didn't want the arm poses on either of those models. I remembered many of the statues of Sekhmet have her posed with the papyrus topped scepter, so I found the nicest, one at the Turin museum, from which to draw.

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