It's been said many times and in many ways but I'll say it again; rampant social inequality is a recipe for trouble. It goes like this. There are folks in this world with lots of stuff who need other folks to do stuff for them. By implication, the folks doing the stuff won't have as much stuff as the folks they do stuff for and will require stuff while doing it. Tell me, were the Grillo sisters supposed to wear Primark's best while working alongside their luminescent designer-dressed employer? Or to carry out their dutues jumping from one public transport shebang to another while their "betters" hovered along in chauffeur-driven ease? All in all, were the sisters supposed to aspire to the buttoned-down lifestyles of Cistercian nuns while all those around them worked and played with the gaiety and glamour of a Renaissance royal court?
Yes, I know stealing is wrong but I also know that the recent non-incidental incident is a metaphor of the monumental social inequality of our times, in short, one of numerous situations that are bound to end in tears, trauma and trials. I really don't see a way through the situation for poor rich families who need folks to do stuff for them, apart from fishing for employees among the slightly less wealthy, folks seeking glamour and prestige by association rather than actual money? In short, why did the Saatchi-Lawson family not simply take on unpaid interns?
The idea for a book combining colour theory and Greek mythology, which has always held my fascination, occurred to me just over two years ago.I have now launched Mythical Colouring. The majority of colouring books provide colour enthusiasts with patterns for essays into pure colour. However, even imagination requires a helping hand when matching and contrasting shades. The introductory notes and the guidelines that accompany every story serve as a springboard for the aspiring colourist.
Each story consists of two images, an A4-sized image and a smaller – though enlarged - detail from that image. Many enthusiasts may prefer to experiment on this detail before moving on to the full-sized picture. I have also provided blank squares at the outset of the book for pure colour experimentation.
Beginning with the story of a prehistoric deluge, the reader is taken through a montage of scenes from the lexicon of Greek mythology that include the pastoral worlds of Hyperion and Endymion, to the subterranean realm of Medea and the adventures of Hercules. In the accompanying guidelines, I explain how to attain the requisite atmosphere through the use of colour, and reminding the enthusiast that he or she is free to experiment.