The Safest Place, One Cloudless Day, Where We Go

watercolor, 15x22, 2006

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Everyone seems to have their own personal favorites out of this series… Mine was the first because that was when I *really* got those trees right.  Everyone else likes the last :)  The poor middle one, she just kinds of hangs out, getting a tan.


The Dark Queen 2003, Mask Collector 2012

The first is one of my first attempts at using watercolor, and they both had the same use of white acrylic to build the body.  It was an almost unconscious bouncing off of the original to get to the second, though I do draw the single female in a flowing dress often.

I was at the Comicon the other week when I realized it’d been pretty much ten years between the two.


There Beren came from mountains cold,
And lost he wandered under leaves,
And where the Elven-river rolled
He walked alone and sorrowing.
He peered between the hemlock-leaves
And saw in wonder flowers of gold
Upon her mantle and her sleeves,
And her hair like shadow following.

As Beren looked into her eyes
Within the shadows of her hair,
The trembling starlight of the skies
He saw there mirrored shimmering.
Tinúviel the elven-fair,
Immortal maiden elven-wise,
About him cast her shadowy hair
And arms like silver glimmering.

excerpts are from Tolkien’s Silmarillion 

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Commissioned watercolor paintings for a wedding, 2009