Continuing on. Young Phaeton just paid no mind to Dad’s instruction, riding off road at high speeds, and bad stuff happened. Involving the gods, when I say bad stuff, I mean really bad stuff. The Nile River evaporated, and the seas began to boil, folks got burned and even the stars did not escape his reckless driving.
Dad, being an indulgent dude, could not do what was necessary. But Zeus the all-father had no problem laying down the law. The problem was dispatched with a single thunderbolt. I suppose, when the entire universe is at stake, maybe mercy is not much of an option.
Phaeton, and his reckless behaviour brought chaos and destruction to the universe. Zeus, and his deadly thunderbolt, returned all to order, and once again, Apollo was at the wheel, and the sun ever after rise in the east and set in the west, in a perfectly predictable perfection.
Chaos, disorder, recklessness, rule-breaking, and gosh darned creativity makes life interesting, but certain laws of the universe must be upheld, like gravity and molecular physics. Maybe art is a little like this too. Break all the rules you want, experiment, explore, throw caution to the wind, but never let it get in the way of being a decent human being that puts a thought or two towards the rest of the universe.
And in case you missed it: Phaeton, Part I
Images: more 2.5”x3.5” art cards. All on bristol using inktense coloured pencil, silver prismacolour, and pentel pocket brush. Crispy hand pic done on Yupo.