Every spring, the days grow longer, hotter, brighter, sunbeams stronger.
Shine into your every room; grab the mop, seize the broom.
Make your lodging clean and airy; welcome in the household fairy.
Make your spaces fresh and sweet; shiny, sparkly, tidy, neat.
Smudges, scuff marks, grease and grime have had their day, done their time.
Don your finest gloves of rubber; start to rub and scrub and shudder.
At the muck, the dirt, the fallout; fill the basin, wash it all out.
Over the surface you must go; up and down and to and fro.
First you spray, then you scrub; wash and polish, rinse and rub.
Up the walls and down the stairs, over the cupboard, under the chairs.
Clean the windows, dust the ledges, don’t neglect the mouldy edges.
When it’s finished, you can feel smug; gleaming brasses, straightened rug.
Open the door to your neighbours; see their jaws drop at your labours.
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.