With this being the first year that I’ve been aware in advance of Tolkien reading day, not only do I get to read, but I also have the time to get a bit of writing done and share fully in the excitement and joy of the day!
For this years theme of Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbitthere are countless different options of reading that fit in to the theme; for me I have chosen to spend my reading time in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring; Concerning Hobbits.
The past couple of weeks have been more hectic and upside down than they usually are, which is saying something; between the massively unsociable hour shifts I work and decorating/upheaval going on at home; art life and blog posts have been a bit of a mythological prospect.
However, there hasn’t been total radio silence on the artwork front.
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.”
On what started out as a seemingly ordinary day just over seventeen years ago, I happened to encounter an old wizard riding into Hobbiton on his cart that had been filled with the most amazing fireworks ever seen even by the oldest of Hobbits.
It’s strange to think of how long it has been since I was first introduced to Tolkien’s incredible world, initially through the vision of Peter Jackson but that first movie whetted my appetite and I moved onto the books pretty soon thereafter.
One of many characters that I immediately warmed to and still hold close to myself even today; is Gandalf.
” He wore a tall pointed grey hat, a long grey cloak, and a silver scarf. He had a long white beard and bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of his hat.”
— The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Long-expected Party”
Well now that I’ve got that out of my system we can get into the point of this offering, a preliminary sketch for an oil painting that I’ll be starting at some point in the next fortnight.
Admittedly things have been quiet on the drawing front of late as I’ve just finished up an oil painting that I’ll be publishing over the weekend and I began a journey into the world of the Vikings and started a small scale longship build – [Click Here]
However, in the spare time that I did manage to miraculously find I started working out ideas for another piece for the lore of ‘The Leaves of Hellebore’.
“This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament.”
– Entry for the year 793 in the Anglo Saxon chronicle.
I have also seen Viking sails on the horizon of late, but unlike the poor monks of Lindisfarne I have not been filled with dread and despair; I have been filled with inspiration and the start of a new project.
I’m planning to start a monthly roundup on my artwork to send out to those who are interested and wish to be kept up to date with all the developments and works in progress; including items and progress shots of my art that doesn’t make it to the blog.
Those in my mailing list will also have the first chance to buy or win my artwork when the time comes.
All you need to do is click the link below and you will be directed to a sign up form where all that is needed is your email address and name and you will receive an update from me personally every month without having to fear any spamming!
Keeping this post short and sweet, here is the call to action –