Week 14: Betroth

He was first attracted to her hair, and then discovered that they had a mutual interest in illustrator Rockwell Kent as well as the history of Meissen porcelain. She mentioned that she loved poetry and he felt a funny feeling in his chest. He said one of his favourite poems was The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry, and she got excited and told him that she had written up that poem in calligraphy with green and purple ink, and now had it framed in her living room. They looked at each other, reluctant to part.

For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. [Wendell Berry]

That night after a solitary dinner, he couldn’t concentrate on his biography of Walt Whitman, and knew he would ask her the question…


Materials I used:

Staedtler 2H pencil
Staedtler Karat Aquarelle watercolour pencils
Van Gogh watercolours
Lamy Safari pen with Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen (white)
Reeves Gouache

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4 Responses to Week 14: Betroth

  1. Beverly King says:

    I just knew you were going to come up with something great! I think the Owl and the Pussycat’s child has grown up and fallen in love (with the help of Wendell Berry). 🙂 I love all the detail you put in the girl’s hair and the roses around the lettering. No wonder your hand is aching! Now go relax with a cup of tea and a book of poetry… 😀


    • Oh boy Bev, I did the lettering and florals on Wednesday, and then the drawing on Saturday because it took me that long to decide on the figures. That left me Sunday to paint the two and it took me a long time. I think I spent about 7 hours on this! I just got charmed by the whole idea as it looks like a book illustration.


  2. Roseanne Dix says:

    Oh my dear Jude – how utterly delightful! I always promise myself not to SWISH things, but I still do – I will NEVER be disciplined and neat like you my friend. Love your work – always have done for …? how many years now? You are WONDERFUL !!!! I think I missed this cos I might have lost it on my phone and then it doesn’t come thru on my laptop. Odd things happen in my life you know.!


    • Aha, I keep forgetting that phone settings are different. One of these days I might have to get such a phone. Yes, odd things happen, it,s a crazy, mixed up world!

      We have known each other for 15 years and 2 months. Amazing, eh?

      Thanks for your encouragement, I so enjoyed doing these two up and the story too. Ya gotta have a story, right?


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