Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Janus

Kristan gave me some really nice watercolor paints for Christmas. I'm breaking them in by doing some paintings of characters from mythology.


Janus (Pen & Ink with watercolor)

January is named after the Roman god Janus, the protector of gates and doorways. In works of art, he is usually depicted with two faces, "one looking into the past, the other to the future". He is often shown holding a rod and key. With the rod, he discourages those who are not allowed to enter. With the key, he opens the gate. Because everything in the heavens seemed to return to the same place, it made sense to artists of this time to also include a snake swallowing its own tail.

The Awe-manac, (a great resource for artists, writers and creative types) encourages us to "figuratively look into the past and savor all you have achieved and look into the future believing that it is about to serve realities unsurpassed by mere expectations" (Badonsky, 2008, p. 17).

Here's to locking up an old year and opening a new!

Forgetting what is behind
and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me
heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil.3)

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