Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Nausicaa", 12 x 24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee, 2012
In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus is shipwrecked on the coast of the island of Scheria. Nausicaa and her handmaidens go to the sea-shore to wash clothes. Odysseus emerges, after being awoken by their games, from the forest completely naked, scaring the servants away, and begs Nausicaa for aid. Nausicaa gives Odysseus some of the laundry to wear, and takes him to the edge of the town. It is because of her advice and charity that Odysseus survives and is able to continue his journey home.

Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 Newest Works

"Rhea" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
Cronus sired six children by Rhea but swallowed them all as soon as they were born except Zeus, since he had heard that he was destined to be overcome by his own child. When Zeus was about to be born, however, Rhea devised a plan to save him, so that Cronus would get his retribution. Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, handing Cronus a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he promptly swallowed.  The geodes imply the cave that she hid the baby Zeus in.
"Dendritus" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
This is a painting of Dendritus, the Greek goddess of trees, and the anatomical name-sake of the dendrites in our brains.
"Medea" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
I decided to paint myself as Medea since there were no takers to model her. :-) She's an interesting tragic and powerful figure from Greek myth.  Medea helped Jason obtain the golden fleece and after the adventure he abandons her for the king's daughter Glauke. Medea does not appreciate being used and decides to get her revenge against Jason by killing his new bride.
"Medusa" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
Medusa was the embodiment of female destructive power in ancient Greek myth, and eventually her severed head became a weapon for Athena. I painted her holding an extension cord with the "female" side offered to the viewer. Often Medusa is painted as a monster, but her story is actually quite tragic.
"The Pythia" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
The Pythia (better known as the Oracle at Delphi) was widely credited for her prophesies by Apollo. The women who served as Pythia often wore gold crowns to denote their rank. The leaves floating in the background are California laurel, as the laurel was sacred to Apollo. I also painted her holding a glass bowl with travertine tile in water to hint at the archaeological insight that ethylene gas from the travertine deposits beneath the temple could have caused the ancient oracle's trance.

Figurative Work 2009-2011

"Self Portrait" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
*Private Collection

"Rumpelstiltskin" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
This is a representation of Rumpelstiltskin. The three thimbles represent the three nights he spun straw into gold for the miller's daughter, the doll dress is for the daughter's first born child that he asks for in return for his help, and the rabbit on his shirt hints at his subterranean demise.

"Omniscience" 24x48, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
This was my main painting for the senior show at Laguna College of Art and Design. Using symbolism, it is a commentary on belief and skepticism. The two boys are analyzing the fish which represents religion. They are also wearing metal hats to prevent their thoughts from being read by someone in the sky- God. But, at the same time, in the other room, beyond the star chart is a single lit candle, which represents the all seeing eye of God. So the message of the piece is that no matter how closely they analyze or dissect religion, they will never really see God, because he is not measurable.
*Private Collection 

"Hades" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
I thought it would be fun to play off the modern parental fear of drugs and compare it to Hades tempting of Persephone with the pomegranate seeds. The pomegranate seeds at first glance can be seen as pills, put into this modern context.
*Private Collection

"Helen" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
Helen of Troy was the daughter of Leda and the swan (Zeus). From the beginning, Zeus intended Helen to start the Trojan War and end the Age of Heroes. So she was used as a pawn.  The feathered headdress and the winged nest hint at her birth. While the white pawn represents her role in the story.

"Circe" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011

"Arachne" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2009
*Private Collection

2011 Artwork Continued

"Gravy Train" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection


"Out of the Frying Pan" 12 x 24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection 

"Dreams of Old Hawaii" 16x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011

"How to Tow a Hippo" 8x14, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection 
"Improbable Friends" 8x14, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection 
"Slowly But Surely" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*private collection

2011 Artwork

"The Carrot or the Stick 3/3" 6x8, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection

"The Carrot or the Stick 2/3" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection

"The Carrot or the Stick 1/3" 6x8, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection

"The Apex of Ibex" 6x8, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011

"Pounce" 6x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection
"Know Your Onions- Yellow" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011

"Know Your Onions- White" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011

"Know Your Onions- Red" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
"Cheep Skate" 8x14, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection

"Cheap Skate" 8x14, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011
*Private Collection

"Golden Delicious" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2011

2010 Artwork Continued

"Leaving the Nest" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"Lady" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"Evolve" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"Fairy House" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"Farm Fresh" 6x8, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection
"Duck Soup" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"Chip Off the Old Block" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"Champagne Campaign" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection
"Bombs Away!" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection
"Bloom" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

2010 Artwork

"Zenith" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*private collection

"Wild" 6x8 oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"Piggy Back Bank" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection
"Our Old Lake" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"On the House" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"New Kid On the Block" 8x10, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*private collection
"Lucky" 8x12, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010
*Private Collection

"Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel" 12x16, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2010