The Sketchbook travels again

For those of you who read my post The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook, I have finished my contribution and I’m ready to pack it off to the next person on the list, Constanze, in Munich, Germany.


Centauromachy 460 BC
Centauromachy 460 BC. (Source:Wikimedia Commons)


I wanted to do something referring to Greek history, so what better than the myth about the naming of Athens, which I’ve already written about,ย in my post Homage to the olive tree. ย To make the drawing I took my inspiration from the ancient black and red pots from which one can glean amazing details about life in Ancient Greece – the food, the sport, the fashion, the rituals and the stories. They feature a large cast of gods, goddesses, demi-gods and mere mortals, nymphs, centaurs and satyrs, athletes and animals, as well as household objects, furniture and accessories. A fascinating study.

And now feast your eyes on my masterpiece below:-)


My drawing in the Sketchbook

Standing on the Acropolis rock is Athena, having taken her helmet off, with a belligerent expression on her face. She has just produced an olive tree, using her spear. Poseidon, seated on an elaborate throne, has a rather sheepish look on his face, having lost the contest to a woman, albeit a goddess…

This has been a very amusing project, and I’m curious to see the remaining contributions. So tomorrow I will regretfully pack up the Sketchbook and bid it Bon Voyage.

69 thoughts on “The Sketchbook travels again”

  1. That sketchbook is becoming a very interesting, beautiful project. Will the completed book make the rounds again, so everyone will be able to see it?

    You must have been pleased with your inspired contribution.

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  2. A fascinating picture to include in an inspired project. As I won’t pretend to know as much as I should about ancient Greece: this will make me do a little extra ‘homework’ for a tad more knowledge . . .

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  3. Now I have a better idea about the traveling sketchbook – what a wonderful way to share the world. Marina, your contribution is well considered and beautiful, sharing your history and showcasing your talent. A pleasure to see it here. Best wishes, Constanze.

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  4. I love it. My daughters were fascinated by the Greek myths when they were young and were very knowledgeable about them – it was quite an education for me. I can’t wait to see your beautiful pages ‘in real life’.

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