'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Not only am I still stuck in Middle-earth but I seem to be drawn back to the Withywindle like the poor Hobbits, unable to turn right and north! Here are those Hobbits with Old Man Willow who is singing to them of water and sleep:

Old Man Willow singing
© Sue Wookey

I've always wanted to paint Old Man Willow (good practice for the Ents) as, like Tom Bombadil, I've never really seen a painting of him that I really liked or seemed creepy and frightening enough. I wrestled over whether or not to give him a face but decided in the end that a) if he's to look like he's lullabying the Hobbits he needs a mouth and b) every gnarled old tree you see has got a 'face' somewhere, sometimes several!

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