The Colors of Mythology:  by Joe Wettlaufer

The theme of this gallery is color and Mythology. The images depicted come from the Norse, Greek and Roman mythology. The subjects of the mythology are usually gods or heroes interacting with the world around them or their advisories.  The colors in these pieces often guide the eye to a desired location, which give insight into whom is the focus of the image.  

This painting depicts a Shepard, who is about to play his flute, and gets seduced by a nymph. Nymphs are from Greek mythology. The painting is composed of mostly gray like colors; however, the outfit of the Shepard is red which draws notably more attention towards him.
This painting depicts the scene of numerous gods from a poem call Ovid’s Fasti. These gods are from Roman mythology. The most noteworthy thing about color here is the high saturation blues of some of the god’s clothing. These high saturation colors grab your attention immediately
This painting depicts Perseus in a battle against Phineus, whereas Perseus uses Medusa’s head to turn Phineus to stone. This painting’s story is from Greek Mythology. Most of the colors in this painting are low saturation colors; with Perseus red outfit probably being the highest saturation color, which makes your eyes gravitate towards him.
This painting depicts one of the labors of Hercules, in which he must slay the Hydra. This paintings story comes from Greek mythology. Most of the colors in this painting are low saturation. However, the blue of the sky has the highest saturation; considering that all of the action in this painting is happening above the grounds horizon, this was probably done intentionally to help guide your eyesight.
This painting depicts Ceres, goddess of agriculture, Bacchus, god of wine, Venus, goddess of beauty and Cupid. This painting is based on Roman mythology. None of the colors in this painting are so saturated that they draw your eyesight. This painting seems relatively balanced when it comes to color because the noticeable red on the left is offset by the complementary blue and yellow on the right. The linear perspective leads your eye a little more than the color in this image.
This painting depicts a young Achilles riding the centaur, Chiron, who is basically his mentor and parent figure. This painting is based on Greek Mythology. The colors in this painting are mostly low saturation. However, the red of Achilles’ outfit is defiantly is the focal point of this painting because it is the only warm color.
This image depicts Mars having his chariot pulled by wolves. This painting is based on Roman mythology. Most of the colors in this painting are warm colors, like reds. I think this is because Mars is the god of war, and reds are commonly associated with anger and violence, the emotions of war.
This image depicts Lxion falling from Mt. Olympus into Tartarus. This painting is based on Greek Mythology. There is a very low saturation and value from the colors in this image, with the exception of where Lxion’s body is falling to. The value of the colors right beneath Lxion’s head seems to be a little brighter.
This image depicts Thor in a battle with giants. This paining is based on Norse mythology. The colors of this painting have a relatively low saturation and value. Thor’s red outfit and gold chariot really stick out amongst the other colors in this painting because they are a fairly warm color, compared to the others.
This image depicts the Princess Europa being abducted from her friends and family by a white bull whom is actually Jupiter, the god, in disguise. This painting is based on Roman Mythology. I feel like the colors of Europa’s friends draw your eyesight because the color value seems higher than everything else in this painting. The reactions of her friends are more important than what else is going on in the scene.
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