Guardian of the Gate Picture

Painted in acrylic paint on paper, this is an image of the sandman. This painting is one of a series that I originally intended to use in a comic book/ graphic novel. In the story, the sandman acts as almost a guardian taking the dreamer into an alternate reality to face things he refuses to face in real life. The image didn't scan very well as much of the paint used was metallic and reflective.

Morpheus (pronounced /ˈmɔrfiəs/ or /ˈmɔrfjuːs/; Greek: Μορφεύς, Morpheus, or Μορφέας, Morpheas, "shaper [of dreams]") in Greek mythology is the god of dreams,[1] leader of the Oneiroi.[2] Morpheus has the ability to take any human form and appear in dreams. [link]

According to Hesiod,[3] Morpheus is the son of Nyx, the primordial goddess of the Night, produced parthenogenically, or as Cicero claims,[4] with Erebus, the embodiment of Darkness. [link]

The land of dreams (Demos Oneiroi) was located somewhere in the underworld, presumably near the domain of Night and her children. Poets often referred to the two gates leading from the dream realm. One gate was fashioned of sawn ivory, the other of polished horn. False dreams were said to pass through the gate of ivory, while truthful, prophetic dreams winged their way out through the gate of horn. There was also said to be a wilted elm tree in Morpheus' domain, upon which the dreams fashioned by the Oneiroi hung, with the appearance of winged phantom-shapes. [link]

It is interesting to note that at the time I drew this image, the idea of him holding keys was something completely out of my imagination. Later I would discover that in mythology, "The Keeper of the Keys", or "Guardian of the Gate" were terms associated with the Goddess Hekate who in mythology would frequently speak to one in their dreams.

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