In ancient Greece lived three Cyclopes; Arges, Brontes, Asteropes.
Mighty strong young men were they; forging armour night and day.
Lightening and thunder for Zeus they threw; with all the power and might they knew.
Thunderbolts crashed from mountains high; thrown by the Cyclopes who had one eye.
This all-seeing member in the centre of the face; could see everything, everyone and every place.
The power of these Titans who lived long ago; is with us still today, you know.
Look round your kitchen for the all-seeing eye; ignore not the engine with which you wash and dry.
Your towels and sheets and shirts and socks; undies, blouses, hankies, frocks.
If to the Cyclopes you cannot relate; your domestic washer, then hear me, mate.
Load your clothes into the drum; start the engine, hear it thrum.
See it start to gather speed; soap and conditioner to it feed.
See the suds run down the window; tears of the Cyclopes, I assure you.
Shake and rattle, roar and rumble; the clean-machine begins to tumble.
Soon your clothes will be quite dry; through the power of the Beast with the all-seeing eye.
So never, ever, ever doubt; the might of the Cyclopes is still about.
Rendering our laundry fresh and clean; trashing about in the washing machine.
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.