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In "Walkies" by Corinne Geertsen,A crowned Diana goddess floats in the air holding a tennis ball in one hand and a leash in the other. She wears a golden necklace with a dog bone pendant. A terrier with wings and wearing pearls floats in the air. Five dogs in the foreground are fixated on her. There are 5 golden stars in the sky. A squirrel peeks from behind her robes.

If dogs had mythology, this would be their goddess – the woman with the leash and the ball. I wrote down the word “Glorious” and kept it near while I worked.

The goddess figure is a Diana. A huntress is what dogs are looking for in a goddess.

This work follows stylized French court portraits of the 18th century. The Goddess is from a Portrait of Madame Bonnier de la Mosson as Diana by Nattier.

Keep your eye on the ball.


In “His Radiance” by Corinne Geertsen a centaur, dressed luxuriantly, rides a unicycle across a tightrope. He has a magpie on his shoulder and is playing with a yo-yo. Behind him are arches and an open sky.
His Radiance

Centaurs, across the broad history of art are wild, rapacious, and violent. With the exception of a few, they represent man’s bestial nature.

We can only aspire to this centaur’s dazzle, self-possession, grace, weird athleticism, and sartorial knack.

He’s mythology. He’s civilization. He pedals all he is across a tightrope on a unicycle, while flinging a yoyo. He may be saying something about the fragile underpinnings of our civilization.

The man hails from “Portrait of a Young Man” by Bronzino, painted in the 1530’s.

The horse portion of the centaur is from “Whistlejacket” by George Stubbs,1762. I loved horses. I learned to draw by extensively and repetitively drawing from Stubb’s horses and dogs. The fabric wrapped around the horse is from “Portrait of Francisco Hurtado de Mendoza”, anonymous, 1601, Rijksmuseum.


In "Mythology Goes Awry" by Corinne Geertsen, Pegasus has tiny wings, a floral wreath around his neck, and an open porthole on his side. Achilles is walking out of the porthole and wearing red high heels. Diana, wearing Hermes' sandals falls towards Pegasus. She's dropped her ice cream cone. A god is beamed up by a flying saucer. There is a pirate ship in a lake. A dinosaur stalks a herd of goats.
Mythology Goes Awry

In mythology paintings from the Renaissance forward, major and minor deities play out well known scripts. Here, mythology goes off the rails. Hesperus gets abducted by a flying saucer.

The ship (from “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder) flies a pirate flag.

Jean-Marc Nattier’s Venus, masquerading as Diana and wearing Hermes’ winged sandals, has been unhorsed and has lost her ice cream cone.

The deities are beset by anachronisms. Achilles strides out an open porthole in Pegasus wearing high heels. Somehow a dinosaur has made an appearance.

Relative scale is broken. Achilles is really, really small.

Clearly, this train wreck of mayhem never made the known pantheon of myth.


In "Madcap Hijinks" by Corinne Geertsen a porcupine jumps a vintage motorcycle over three Volkswagen buses. Another porcupine holds a lollipop and rides on a seat attached to the back fender of the motorcycle. Six magpies harangue them.
Madcap Hijinks

MADCAP HIJINKS! We all have something in us that likes a thrill. Being flamboyant! Risky behavior! Glory! There’s a daredevil corner in all our hearts.

I grew up in Montana and took Drivers’ Ed from Evil Knieval’s best friend. This picture is a little bit autobiographical.

The real-life porcupine I photographed for this picture is Dirk from Minnesota. I would assess his character as fairly lawless. Wearing red shoes around him will bring out his worst. Therefore, his motorcycle is red. Cowboy boots, in this context, mean straight up reckless.

The objects in the picture fit with its crazy logic, but they also have to look good together. I like how the cowboy boots, the lollipop, the flame-detailed taillight, and the nearby magpie wing look together.

I made a porcupine quill brush in Photoshop for this picture. Every quill on each porcupine is drawn one by one.

Bright candy colors work best here, as a porcupine does not have a nuanced mind.

Anyway, hang this picture on your wall and you will feel alive, even if you are not in the reckless cowboy boots.

Clouded by Corinne Geertsen

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