In honour of my complete reread of Robin Hobb’s Fitz and Bingtown books, here is the most recent of the many versions of Nighteyes I’ve drawn over the years. One of the most heartbreaking and brilliant series of books I’ve ever read. And now all my emotions are twisting and tortured waiting for the next book… Check ’em out here.
So to celebrate another little known holiday, September 16 is Owain Glyndwr Day, marking the date of his crowning as the Prince of Wales in 1400 (the last native Welshman to be so named.) He was a pretty spectacular figure, rallying the Welsh to rebel against English rule, establishing a Welsh parliament, but only twelve years after his crowning he disappeared.
The history, mythology, and landscapes of Wales have long been an inspiration to me. I did this watercolour sketch while climbing around Mt. Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa a few years ago.
There is a pond behind my father’s house where you can watch the swallows flitting and diving to catch insects on the surface of the water. The flicker-flow can be mesmerizing. One of the reasons they are among my favourite birds. (Though I have a lot of favourite birds.)
It was Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ 182nd birthday a few weeks ago. His work has always inspired me, though especially when I was younger. The fairy tale loveliness of his paintings seemed to reflect and capture the worlds of my own daydreams and stories.
My parents once took me to visit Buscot Park which has one of Burne-Jones’ Briar Rose series and I fell quite in love with it. In fact I’m pretty sure Sleeping Beauty one of my favourite fairy tales because of those paintings. Here is a little watercolour inspired by that series.