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Picture Gallery / Re: Another Fine Myth
« on: Today at 01:28:18 AM »
Heracles and the Boar

Last week Heracles had managed to capture (and release) the Golden hind for his third labour, this week we enter the fourth year and the fourth of the labours set by King Eurystheus. By now the King was getting rather irritated by Heracles and his success at completing the Labours, it seemed that everything the King could think of was just too easy for Heracles to do.  The king needed to think and plan a much more devious labour for Heracles but while he put more thought into the tasks he sent Heracles off to complete labour number 4.

There are not too many details about how Heracles completed the forth labour however it was to capture the Erymanthian boar. Some stories say that Heracles visited his Centaur friend Chiron who advised Heracles to chase the boar into the thick snow where he captured it and bound it and took it back to King Eurystheus. Just like the Golden hind the Boar was released back into the wild.

Because this week’s story was so short I thought I would tell you why I am calling our hero Heracles and not the more well-known name of Hercules. My reason is quite simple, it is because Heracles is his correct name, it was the Romans who called our hero Hercules and as these are Greek myths I am telling I figured it would be best to call him by his Greek name. 

Picture Gallery / Re: Another Fine Myth
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:11:00 PM »
Heracles and the Golden Hind

Hello everyone, It is now week 3 of my Project ‘Another Fine Myth’, this week we continue with Heracles and his 12 labours. We have only spent 3 weeks on the 12 labours however as Heracles only completes 1 labour a year he is now into his third year. Last week we saw Heracles defeat the Lernaean Hydra, with the help of his Nephew he eventually severed all of the beasts heads and delivered the last immortal head to the gates of the city where King Eurystheus waits with the next impossible task for Heracles, to capture the Ceryneian (or Golden) Hind.

The Ceryneian hind belonged to the goddess Artemis, it was a huge deer which had golden antlers, hooves of bronze and it could run faster than a speeding arrow. For a whole year Heracles followed the deer but it was always too difficult and to fast to capture. Eventually Heracles happened to meet the Goddess Artemis and her brother Apollo where she told Heracles to stop with his quest, luckily Apollo reminded his sister it was the Goddess Hera that tricked Heracles into killing his family thus causing him to complete these tasks. Artemis despised Hera so it was decided that she would allow Heracles to continue as long as he returned the deer unharmed.

Eventually Heracles caught up with the deer, one night while it slept he captured it in a net and delivered the deer to King Eurystheus, Heracles released the deer back into the wild keeping his promise to Artemis.

This design is based on a deer by the incredible Japanese balloon artist Masayoshi Matsumoto.

Next week we meet a bit of a boar.

Picture Gallery / Re: Another Fine Myth
« on: January 09, 2019, 12:31:29 AM »
Heracles and the Hydra

Hello everyone, it’s week 2 of my balloon project about Myths and Legends from around the world and I am spending the first part of the project with Heracles and his 12 labours. Last week we left Heracles as he had just slain the Nemean Lion and made himself some lovely armour from the impenetrable golden fur.

When Heracles returns to the Palace of King Eurystheus, the King is so shocked to see Heracles that he refuses to let him enter the city again and Heracles must display the results of his labours from outside the city gates. The king being such a coward even had a large bronze jar built to hide in (strange chap).

Labour number 2 was to slay the Lernaean hydra, a hideous 9 headed creature created by the Goddess Hera specifically to destroy Heracles. The hydra lived in the poisonous swamps near Lake Lerna and when Heracles first saw the beast, he immediately cut off one of the beasts heads, to his dismay 2 more heads grew back in its place. Heracles needed help so called upon his friend (and nephew) Iolaus who came up with a cunning plan. Working together Heracles would cut off a head while Iolaus scorched the stumps to prevent more heads growing back, soon the creature was dead and Heracles had completed labour number 2.

Next week Heracles must use his brains instead of his strength to complete his labour.

Picture Gallery / Re: Another Fine Myth
« on: January 01, 2019, 08:46:51 AM »
Heracles and the Lion

Hello all, well it is time for a new balloon project and this time it is all based around the subject of Myths and Legends, to kick off I am going to be covering the 12 Labours of Heracles, a story that has fascinated me for years.
To give you a bit of back ground info and to cut a VERY long story short, Heracles was the son of the affair that Zeus had with an immortal woman called Alcmene. Hera (Zeus’s wife) obviously had a hatred for Heracles and one day she tricked him into murdering his wife and children (nice huh). Heracles was required to carry out a series of labours, if he succeeded then he would be purified of the sin, become a god and be granted Immortality. I will go into more details with the story of Heracles as we go but for now let’s get to the 12 Labours.

The labours were set by King Eurystheus and the first labour was to slay the Nemean Lion, This ferocious Lion lived in the caves near the city of Nemea, for many years it had terrorised the city, it had a fur made of impenetrable gold and claws sharper than any mortal weapons. There are several different versions of the story, one says that Heracles eventually shot an arrow into the lions unarmoured mouth killing it, the version I have gone for is that after a long fight Heracles eventually wrestled the hideous beast to the ground, after wrapping his strong arms around its neck Heracles strangled the lion to death.

This part of the story ends with the beast being skinned with help from one of the claws, Heracles could then use the impenetrable skin as his armour. Next week Heracles meets a very nasty creature.

Picture Gallery / Re: Another Fine Myth
« on: December 29, 2018, 12:26:34 AM »
Looking forward to seeing them Rob, I wish you well with your new venture.

Thanks Graham :D

Picture Gallery / Another Fine Myth
« on: December 28, 2018, 10:47:58 PM »
Hello all, I have a brand new balloon project for 2019, this time it is all about some amazing Myths and Legends from around the world.

I think I am doing about 1 a week starting sometime in the new year.

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: Balloon talk
« on: November 18, 2018, 09:27:09 AM »
I was now onto my last Balloon world project, and I had made a large Grenadier guard, also I brought along Grahams Penguin that I made for his competition (which you should all enter)

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: Balloon talk
« on: November 18, 2018, 09:23:11 AM »
Here are some Tulips I missed from the earlier part of the talk

My endangered species project

and another flower, I think I was talking about the environmental impact of balloons at this point.

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: Balloon talk
« on: November 18, 2018, 09:09:13 AM »
I also did notice you made a two handed mermaid, he he

Yes Graham, I couldn't bear to put up with the complaints about that like last time :D he he

Here I am now starting to chat about the 4 balloon projects I have done starting with my 365 days of balloons and then moving onto Twisted Cinema.

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: Balloon talk
« on: November 16, 2018, 11:23:48 AM »
Here I am talking about the subtle and almost unnoticeable differences between the classic  balloon dog and a slightly more complex version.

More about flowers, and then I move onto princesses and fairies.

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: Balloon talk
« on: November 16, 2018, 11:17:52 AM »
So here are a selection of photos taken by Graham and Freddy who helps to organise the events.

I made 2 of these huge flowers to stand either side of me, and then with all my balloon talks I usually start off talking about the basic 3 twist balloon dog and flowers

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: Balloon talk
« on: November 15, 2018, 10:46:57 PM »
I am not long home from doing my talk on balloons, this was a charity event and my talk raised £160 for Naomi House Childrens Charity here in the south of England.

Graham was kind enough to come along, I think he had a nice evening, he took lots of photos and I will upload these soon, thanks Graham

Balloon Chit Chat / Re: New DVD Artwork
« on: November 13, 2018, 10:36:33 PM »
Another expertly designed DVD cover, :D

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: London Jam 6th Nov
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:21:36 PM »
Rob made the mermaid with one hand  ;) :D

No graham, I used both my hands to make the mermaid :D

Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Re: London Jam 6th Nov
« on: November 10, 2018, 10:28:25 PM »
I re-made the Llama when I got home

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