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Shield Maiden

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This is my most recent piece of artwork, finished only this morning and entitled ‘Shield Maiden’. It’s the summer solstice and many have gathered for the special day, but typically it’s raining! At last the clouds part and the sun breaks through, and Meredith (the girl in the picture) finally gets her chance to take part in the solstice celebrations. I love contrasts in pictures, hence Meredith’s protector is a fierce (or not so fierce) wolf. All of my work is coloured pencil and it was a challenge to draw rain, wet grass and a rainbow with such a potentially heavy medium. I dug out an old photo of mine of such a rainbow and stormy sky I’d taken years ago, and drew just what I saw. Picture’s often benefit when ‘less says more’, and I first drew the sun just showing through the clouds above Meredith’s head, and then reconsidered and removed it because her expression and eye-line do the job for us, as does the glint on the shield’s rim. Often, it’s what we don’t see that has most impact upon us.

8 thoughts on “Shield Maiden

  1. Donna

    I love it. The combination between his care and protection of her, and her reaching out to the elemental power around her.

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    1. Steve Hutton Post author

      cheers Donna, that’s just what I was going for, and although he’s obviously tough and capable, he’s also gentle and compassionate (-: If only more were!

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    1. Steve Hutton Post author

      thanks Patricia – I think as I get older I’m veering towards less detail and more atmosphere (and it makes drawing much faster!) (-: Steve H

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  2. Evelyn Steward.

    Lovely picture Steve. Guess you have been busy a this is the first blog I have seen for ages. The water on both the shield and the grass. A lot of work involved here..
    Evelyn

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    1. Steve Hutton Post author

      hi Evelyn, yes, I hadn’t realised how long had passed since I last posted a blog! Sorry for that (-: I’ll make sure to post new artworks here when they’re finished, as well as on Facebook (where I post most of my images) and hope you keep enjoying them. Cheers – Steve

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  3. Laura Lauff

    Thanks for this picture, Steve. I was wondering what you are working on when the email for this post popped up. I love being able to see your story’s characters, land, and situations. Today is first violets day in my garden. We’re building sky high trellises for the sweet peas and planting about 150 rocket willow starts. It won’t be long and our house will disappear from view. The fairies won’t have to hide in this yard.@*_*@.

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    1. Steve Hutton Post author

      seclusion! Sounds blissful – and spring has finally found its pace here too, but I can’t believe it’s just a month and a half to the longest day! I’ll try to be more frequent with blog posts from now on, but in my defence I’ve been busy writing the latest book, and I even took on-board some of your comments about obsidian’s special qualities. . . but I can’t say without giving the story away (-: Good luck with the planting – Steve

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