This is the year of the big canvases (60X80cm). This is also the year I painted “Madonna of the Heavens”, another one of my proud accomplishments.
I painted this a week after I finsihed all 30 of my IGCSE Cambridge exams. I was on my floor all night for nine hours without stopping until the foreground was done. Then I took a short nap and continued the background. I posed as the lady and I used one of my baby pictures to manage the child.
I gave this painting it’s title because the hand gesture made immitates the Masonic Square and Compass symbol.
Another one for my mum’s birthday.
And down the river’s dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance—
With glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.
From part IV of Tennyson’s poem
I generally always had a soft spot for the older realist movements like the Pre-Raphaelite movement. I greatly look up to the works of Waterhouse, William Adolphe Bouguereau and Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
My honour was not yielded, but conquered merely – Cleopatra