Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tam Lin - The Rose

Tam Lin - The Rose
Size: 10.5x18.6 inches
Medium: Watercolors
Detail close ups: -here-
Prints & original: -here-
Sketches: -here- and -here-

She had na pu'd a double rose,
A rose but only twa,
Till upon then started young Tam Lin,
Says, Lady, thou's pu nae mae.

Why pu's thou the rose, Janet,
And why breaks thou the wand?
Or why comes thou to Carterhaugh
Withoutten my command?

-Child ballad #39A Tam Lin
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, 1882-1898 by Francis James Child

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Finally had some time to go back and work on this series. Second piece (of 3 eventually). And I know most versions of the ballad refer to her "yellow hair" but...artistic license! Wanted some nice contrast from her and the faery queen.


  1. Lovely! I really like the snout-nosed little fellow to the right, and the one to the left that has wrapped himself in the tree... :-) And the roses on the ground...

  2. Lovely work... do you ever work on your paintings by artificial light, ...when the sun goes down?

  3. hi stephanie,

    It is fantastic!

    everything dear doreen

  4. I usually use an artificial light even when the sun is up, because sometimes it's not at the right angle. I use full spectrum lights to paint by, so that it simulates the sunlight colors.

  5. This is gorgeous, a great companion piece to The Faery Host. Just wanted to say that I got your new book and LOVE it. I could go on and on, but the comment box wouldn't be big enough to sing my praises. :)

  6. Thank you Zach! Glad to hear you are enjoying it!