colored pencil, ink and paint pen
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The second of the terrestrial planets, Venus is named for the Roman goddess of love and fertility, whom the Greeks worshiped as Aphrodite. I have chosen to represent her with a Connemara Pony, and while her flowing mane and tail are reminiscent of different interpretation of Venus (hi, Botticelli) I’ve adapted her fiery landscape and thick, toxic clouds into something almost like heavy metal stage makeup—an oblique reference to the face that, on Venus, it rains acid and snows metal. In keeping with the inflammatory nature of both planet and goddess, her border is decorated with a flame motif. This arose naturally as I worked on the piece, and leaves me curious as to how I will differentiate her from Mars—who, as the Red Planet and the God of War, also has some claim to fire as a representative element. We’ll see…
Venus, along with Mercury, Gaia (Earth) and Mars will be going to the Midwest Furfest art show in December, which was where the original Planet Horses made their debut in 2013.
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