Dec 29

All Souls’ Day


“All Souls’ Day

Oil on canvas, 13″x21″ wide.

Artist Commentary: I spent All Souls Day in the Dagorlad, east of the Emyn Muil. The Dead Marshes are bleak at all times, yet one can find a subtle beauty in those wetlands — at least, during the daylight hours.

I set up my easel near the end of a faint path, among the tussocks and plumed grasses of the previous autumn. Spring was coming to Middle-earth, but little sign of it could be found in the subdued hues of earth and winding water. But after sketching the purples and greens of reeds, low clouds, creeks and ponds, I took a rest on a dry bed of grass, lulled by the mournful cries of rail and bittern.

I dozed off, and when I awoke, evening was setting in. I had stayed too late, and could see faint flickers of light appearing in the gathering dusk. I rose hurriedly and found a Hobbit by my easel. He was looking thoughtfully into the nearby waters, where greenish flames meandered.

I followed his gaze and saw a form, like a pale corpse, just beneath the surface. The Hobbit turned toward me, nodded, then passed deeper into the marshes, whither I knew not in the gathering gloom.

13″x21″ wide signed and numbered prints – AVAILABLE! Please click here.

13″x21″ original oil painting – $1600.00 US plus shipping.

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