Persephone Picture

Persephone was the beautiful daughter of Demeter, goddess of the earth, or as some people call her, Mother Earth. Hades, who was Zeus's brother and lord of the underworld, fell in love with the beautiful Persephone. One day while picking flowers, Persephone was kidnapped and taken against her will into the underworld to become Hades' wife.
Demeter searched for days for her daughter, and none of the gods or goddesses knew where she was either. Mourning the loss of her daughter, Demeter would not allow anything to grow on the earth. Flowers withered, crops died, even the nectars of the gods would not come forth.
Finally Zeus had to do something. He ordered Hades to return Persephone to her mother. Hades agreed, but before he let her go, he forced her to swallow a pomegranate seed.
Once at the surface, Demeter was overjoyed that her daughter had returned. But when she discovered that Persephone had swallowed the seed, her heart broke. Because to eat something of the underworld binds you there, and Persephone had to return.
Zeus could not allow the earth to be barren forever, so he compromised with Hades that Persephone must spend one-third of the year in the underworld and the other two-thirds with her mother.
During the time Persephone is away, Demeter becomes sad again and a coldness wraps the earth. This time of the year is winter, and when Persephone returns to the surface, Demeter allows the world to come alive again.
This is the painting I did when sitting in the placa del gotico. It's not really that great of a painting, but it was an enjoyable experience even if it did smell like piss.
As always, any critique is much appreciated!
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