More Rhiannon

I tend to revisit the Welsh legends about Rhiannon over the years. I’ve had this one in my head for awhile now, ever since we visited Conwy Castle in Wales. Here’s my latest Rhiannon illustration, and a few others from years ago:

Rhiannon and her birds, 2021.

 

Rhiannon on her pearly steed, 2015. Lots of ink work. 

 

Rhiannon and Pwyll, 2005. Pure watercolour, no ink at all.

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Twelve Dancing Princesses

This piece took me AGES, but it was so much fun. It measures almost an entire sheet of watercolour paper (30″ in width), so I went big with it. I totally indulged in the costume designs, since the fairytale focuses a lot on the fine clothes that the princesses are wearing. I would love to illustrate the entire tale one day.

 

Recent headshot portraits

Here is a batch of recent portraits I did for various clients:

New Jersey Monthly

Great British Baking Show winners

Commercial Observer

Commercial Observer

Commercial Observer

Commercial Observer

Commercial Observer

Comercial Observer

La Madone des bois

It’s been awhile since I’ve painted on a large scale, so for this piece I opted to go bigger to get all the detail in (16×20″). Inked first then painted in watercolour and gouache.

Lately I’ve been contemplating how humans are so busy being humans, that we forget that we are not the only inhabitants of this place. We forget that we share it with other living beings, and that we should act as their protectors and stewards of their habitat, not as their exploiters. The Great Lockdown has shown that reduced human activity has been a gift to wildlife; locally, from less turtle deaths on the road due to reduce car traffic…to internationally, with orcas being able to communicate properly due to less boat traffic.

Hence this painting, entitled La Madone des bois. It’s inspired by a 15th century Madonna sculpture I saw in Florence last year.