2012-Anna Bolena-Aged 19

So after painting “My Lady Greensleeves” (https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/2012-my-lady-greensleeves-aged-19/comment-page-1/#comment-21), I decided to paint Anne Boleyn. This rendition is inpired by a promotional picture for the TV series “The Tudors” and it features Natalie Dormer as the ill-fated Anne.

Anna Bolena, 2012

In the classic manner of portraiture of the times, I included her romanticized name and her status as queen (Regina). I also added the year she was beheaded simply because I wanted to.

2012-The Eye of God-Aged 19

Here I painted an hourglass nebula. From Wikipedia it “is a young planetary nebula situated in the southern constellation Musca about 8,000light-years away from Earth.  The formation of the shape of the inner “eye” is not yet fully understood.” Some people have called this center the Eye of God.

So here it is…the vestal virgins at their temple among the stars.

The Eye of God, 2012


2012-My Lady Greensleeves-Aged 19

So I just finished this painting last night. This painting is inspired by the song “Greensleeves”. It is a traditional English folk tune from the 16th century. The story goes that Henry VIII wrote the tune for his future queen Anne Boleyn. For those of you who are not familiar (or never watched “The Tudors”), Miss Boleyn played hard to get when the king first set his eyes on her and he only became crazier and crazier about her. So the ballad fundamentally says “How can I give you so much and you still don’t want me…my finely clad lady greensleeves.”

So here she is…My Emerald Lady .

My Lady Greensleeves, 2012

But of course it is most likely the promiscuous king never composed the song for chronological and technical reasons.  But whichever Mr./Ms.  Anonymous who did create the tune…hats off to you.

The song inspired other songs and at least one painting that I have seen. It is a song that is very visual with its lyrics; it describes a graceful beauty dressed most elegantly at court and is easily recognizable by the color of her clothes. It is very easy to translate into art.

So…initially I wanted to use watercolors to achieve the background effect but I learnt all too quickly that watercolor + canvas=not a good idea. Watercolor can stain the fabric but not actually stay and over time may eventually come off or fade. Plus the watercolor effect is best on paper. So I wiped off the original watercolor off on the bottom left hand side corner and recreated the pouring and diluted staining with oil paint.

It took careful planning and patience to create the halo around my lady’s head but I pulled it off without injury.

The colors I used are specifically : English green, sap green, Van Dyck brown, raw sienna, permanent violet (that’s what it says on the tube…dunno why it’s called permanent), cobalt blue, and cadmium red with the occasional black and white where needed.

So if you want to hear the song here it is…

I do not own this video or the song. It is here for entertainment purposes.

2012-The Granite Violinist-Aged 19

This scene actually exists in the gardens of Holyrood Palace (for more details about Holyrood see my other post https://lastoftheromanticists.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/2012-holyrood-abbey-aged-19/ )

The Granite Violinist, 2012

I don’t know if the sculpture was actually made of granite but it sure makes a lovely title.

To complement this piece here is the song I played while I painted this. Celtic Woman’s Scarborough Fair.

I do not own this song or this video. It is here for entertainment purposes only.

2012-The Thinking Persian-Aged 19

For no particular reason I decided to go back to Orientalism.

The Thinking Persian, 2012


  • As a child I thought the nose was an unsightly thing to put on someone’s face so I drew portraits without them.
  • Before I was born my mother always dreamed of a house full of paintings.  Then I came to do that for her.
  • For a moment, I wanted to become a forensic artist as a kid. Too many crime shows on TV.
  • I am officially a Ravenclaw.

2012-Holyrood Abbey-Aged 19

Behind the Queen’s Scottish residence of Holyrood Palace lies the resident Abbey. Built by King David I in 1127, it has inspired artists, musicians and poets throughout Europe with its haunting, aging majesty. According to legend, Kind David I was hunting through the forest when his horse was startled by a stag. The king was saved from the aggressive animal by the miraculous apparition of a cross between its antlers. In thanksgiving to God he founded Holyrood Abbey; Holyrood basically meaning Holy Cross. In the 16th century, as a result of war, the roof was destroyed and the interior plundered. After many attempts at poor reconstruction, a storm finally brought down the roof one last time and it remained so ever since.

Holyrood Abbey, 2012

This was the place that inspired Mendelssohn’s ode to Scotland.

I do not own this song or this video.