‘I have no memory of this place…’
Over three years ago now I sketched out the piece below with a sanguine pastel and I recently decided that I would like to revisit the scene as it is a favourite of mine.
The journey through the Mines of Moria is a truly pivotal moment for the Fellowship especially with the fall of Gandalf less than a month after they all set out from Rivendell.
“I have no memory of this place at all!” – Sanguine Dry Pastel on Toned Paper – 2015
The Breaking of the Fellowship!
A poignant scene in the final chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring – Book Two has served as the inspiration for a new artwork that I will be working on in oil paints in the coming months; for now though I have worked up a preparatory drawing in charcoal that will serve as my go to reference for the work ahead.
For this post I won’t be delving too deep into the writing itself, I like to save that for the final post with the finished painting like I did recently with ‘The Passage of the Marshes’.
I will however do a little bit of digging in order to set the scene nicely!
Let’s take a journey through the Dead Marshes with Frodo, Sam and Gollum
‘The Passage of the Marshes’ is a piece of Middle-earth art inspired by JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy; The Lord of the Rings. This scene is taken from The Two Towers and tells part of the journey of Frodo and Sam as they head to Mordor to destroy the One Ring.
We pick up the story at the point where Smeagol has been captured by the two hobbits, Frodo and Sam and has been tamed, swearing a promise to ‘”serve the master of the precious.”‘ Although both hobbits are reluctant to trust him, they request that he guides them to Mordor as he knows the area.
The final paragraph of The Two Towers: Book Four Chapter I –
In the deep of night under hard clear stars they set off. Gollum led them back northward for a while along the way they had come; then he slanted to the right away from the steep edge of the Emyn Muil, down the broken stony slopes towards the vast fens below. They faded swiftly and softly into the darkness. Over all the leagues of waste before the gates of Mordor there was a black silence.
Now moving onto The Two Towers: Book Four Chapter II –
My Art Sale Has Begun!!!
I rolled my cart full of wares into the beautiful and bustling marketplace in the village of Bree this morning and have set up shop with the intention of staying until the end of October!
The Prancing Pony Inn has some ‘nice, cozy, Hobbit-sized rooms available’ and the drinks come in pints!
Click Here To Be Taken Straight To My Marketplace!
Here is a lowdown of the artworks that are presently available to buy –
The Nazgul Have Returned!
Well, in terms of my latest oil painting on the easel anyway…
I’ve been getting up earlier than necessary for work over the past week and sneaking in a 30-40 minute painting session in order to work my way back into this piece and make some serious headway. It’s proved productive and the painting is now at a stage where all I need to do is go over the figures and the render the finishing details, not long now and we’ll have another piece for the portfolio.
Anyway, let’s get to the artwork!
“They are the Nazgûl, Ringwraiths, neither living or dead. At all times they feel the presence of the ring…drawn to the power of the one..they will never stop hunting you.”
– Aragorn explaining the Nazgûl to Frodo, Pippin, Merry and Sam
Some time ago, I began working on a piece depicting the scene of the attack at Weathertop. I trawled through reference material and put together a few different elements in order to come up with a composition that I liked.
The outline roughed in, the main elements in place, the piece was abandoned as I began work on different projects like ‘The Road Goes Ever On’ and ‘The Grey Pilgrim’.
First Things First…
I’m on YouTube!!!
By all means if you like my artwork please give me a subscribe on YouTube as I’m going to be putting together a lot of exciting new projects to live stream and make time-lapses of.
I’m even going to stretch to a bit of vlogging when the time comes…
Now for the abundance of new art!
‘I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen.
I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number. I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water.
I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles.
I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.’
Bilbo Baggins is a character from Tolkien’s legendarium who has fascinated me since my first encounter with him in the opening chapter of The Lord of the Rings, which I read quite some time before The Hobbit.
Recently I was inspired to again pick up my copy of The Hobbit and have another read through; also to further explore the character of Bilbo and get some artworks done in the process.
Happy Tolkien reading day to you all!
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 Hobbit there 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.
My dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and Brandybucks, Grubbs, Chubbs, Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfoots!
The Road Goes Ever On – Still Life
My latest venture into the beautiful world of Middle-earth has drawn to a close and I now have a new piece of artwork to share with you all!
This piece was inspired by the song of the same title as recited by Bilbo Baggins when he leaves the Shire to head for Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter I: “A Long-expected Party”