“She is the rise and fall of the oceans and the light on the darkest of nights. Look upon her divinity and surrender your soul to the wonder of her, for tomorrow is a brand new day.“ - Selene by Tanya Marie Reeves
The name Selene originated in Greece and translates as Moon which in Greek and Roman religion, was once personified as a Goddess.
Symbols and Totems
The crescent moon most significantly represents motherhood and fertility. It can also be symbolic of growth, creativity, and manifestation. Crescent moons are usually related to new phases in life, new chapters, a new beginning, changing seasons, ebb and tide (and related inundations as harbingers of fertility), and the feminine menstrual cycle.
Green represents rebirth and renewal and is also a symbol of balance, growth, learning and harmony. Green is also the color of the Heart chakra, known as Anahata, linking the heart, lungs, circulatory system, and cardiac plexus, bridging the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds allowing a person to love more, empathise, and feel compassion.
Selene and I didn't get off to a very good start. About two-thirds of the way through I actually wiped the slate clean and began her again. The colours, they just weren't quite right, and I was rather unhappy I had decided not to mount the canvas with calico. But I did love love love her outline and intention, and I just knew in my heart green was the right colour... and so it was settled: She wasn't to be shelved - a re-do was definitely in order. And I am thrilled to pieces I had made that decision. From there on in, everything flowed smoothly and I just knew I was on the right track.
Selene has a true softness about her. She is gentle and loving and simply beautiful. I am over the moon! ;)
About the series (yet to be named): I really like to keep smaller works simple and striking, not overindulged with mixed media and texture. My desire is to make an explosive statement with this body of work and bring some of that bold, fierce colour and contrast back into my art, which was once a dominant signature of my style.
20 Oct 2021
H76xW76cm – 30x30”
Acrylic and mixed media on calico on stretched canvas