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Young Galadriel


Galadriel in her youth as a student of Aulë, in the days when she also excelled at wrestling and was known as Nerwen: ‘Man-maiden’.

Aulë still thinks the size and shape he gave Dwarves has a lot going for it.  He put in a lot of development time!  I decided though that he would prefer robust stony skin to flesh.

Pp tells me that Aulë in this painting looks rather like Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac.  This is excellent, and makes me think that during the Music of the Ainur,  Aulë played drums.

This week in art class : a portrait


I deliberately thickened up her eyebrows, nose and chin a little, to illustrate this quote :

"While still in early youth Fëanor wedded Nerdanel, a maiden of the Noldor; at which many wondered, for she was not among the fairest of her people. But she was strong, and free of mind, and filled with the desire of knowledge.
Morgoth’s Ring, HoME Vol 10, Part 3, Section 2, Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor "

So she could be more conventionally pretty though I'm not sure about her lips, and as usual the photography has done the painting no favours..  I did this because I thought the hair might be more educational to paint than last week's hairy dog, and I do feel I learned a fair bit from painting it.

... I amended her eye and mouth to give better perspective.  You can see how hard it is to be consistent when taking photos when the light changes!

3 Tolkienish Arty Stuffs & a writing.

This is a detail from a larger thing that I may or may not finish, of Maedhros and Fingon looking smug.  I think my painting of faces is slowly improving. 
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And finally, here is a surprisingly long story about Celegorm in the Halls of Mandos:  Fierce and Free. 7281 words.   Celegorm in the Halls of Mandos fights with Caranthir, meets a cat, appeals to Fingolfin for aid, and reflects on domestication, kingship and the nature of hounds and wolves. Huan thinks he talks a great deal of nonsense.

It's jammed full of Sutcliff-inspired thoughts about hounds, wolves, kingship and hierarchies, hence the length.

Hmph

This week in art class: here is a painting of A Dogg.

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One quick photo of Rosie in our brief snow, which lasted all of a day, but snow in Cornwall is a rarity. 

Whereas today the sun was shining so warmly it had tempted out a rash brimstone butterfly, which fluttered madly around the gorse-flowers then abruptly decided it was exhausted and sat on a twig, allowing me to photograph it rather closely.   Read more...Collapse )

Another nocturne...



I took the lighing from a photo, but the figures are pretty much from my head.  I do wonder if I'm falling into the trap of 'too small faces' again but at least the figures feel much more fluid and lively.  The camera seems to have accentuated the contrast a bit too much this time, it's a little more subtle in the original.

This is another 'grandchildren of Finwe' painting: from left, Turgon, little Angrod, Finrod, Maglor and various other grandchildren of Finwe dancing in the background. 

This was the last week of nocturnes: next week, much to the disgust of Colin the Art, we are doing Painting Animals. Everyone in the class has got a dog, apart from Colin the art, and they have all decided they want to paint them.  I think Colin the Art thinks of himself as a bit too good for dog portraits, but he did ask what the class would like to paint next, with inevitable results ...  :-D

I finished the thing!

Quenta Narquelion otherwise known as the story of Ghost Feanor and the War of Wrath is finally complete!  I think I started writing it in October 2016, blimey.

It's 119547 words, and a lot more tragic and epic than I had originally envisaged.   I'm very proud of the final battle with Ancalagon the Black and the Winged dragons, which I'd always had difficulty imagining in detail.  I was stuck on that for ages till Pp suggested thinking of it as a sort of Battle of Britain analogue, with the Dragons as huge bomber type things, range limited,  and the birds and Earendil as small and fast - though sort of flipped, since the dragons are defending and the birds are attacking.

I never thought I could write a story that long and on that kind of scale, and now I have, so I am rather pleased with myself.

I wrote a couple of other things too:

The Eldar That Were Faithful : About what Nerdanel & the women of the Noldor were up to while the Silmarillion was going on.  This is a direct response to one of the last chapters of Quenta Narquelion, where Maglor wonders what their mother has been doing.

and in a different world to QN:  Seashell Songs :  A few scenes of Maglor after the death of Maedhros, written for B2MEM 2018.  Maglor threw the Silmaril into the Sea, but that wasn't the end of it. Maglor makes soup, counts spoons, makes songs and finds a way.

(I don't know when I became such a Maglor enthusiast.  I had no firm opinions on him until I wrote a couple of scenes where he appeared in QN, and suddenly he took on a life of his own! )

The Cold

Pp has just got a big order in his Shop on the Borderlands from Finland. He's going to have to email Finland and say 'sorry, your order will be delayed, we have almost half an inch of snow'. I feel his customer is going to fall over laughing.

In other news, all the local Facebook groups are sharing BEWARE THE HILL warnings because apparently none of the roads were gritted, and I have just heard that art class tomorrow is cancelled because the heaters in the hall are terrible, which is probably good news, because about half the class are elderly and I would hate to see them all skidding down the icy hills and ending up in a heap in the Tamar.

Cornwall Speaks: We Were Not Prepared.

Happy St David's Day!


Not a photo from 2018, because although the spring was warm up to this week and there were lots of daffs in bloom, the ICY BLAST has come and they are all lying around the place now limp and floppety and unhappy.    We have no snow, though the ground is hard as iron and if we do get any precipitation, it will certainly settle.

I have just updated a website with an announcement saying 'we are all working from home because of the snow in Devon'.   Devon and Cornwall are reallly not set up for snow.

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