Earlier this year, I went for a walk through the woods that surround the local dam, and I stumbled across this chap, who was remarkably camouflaged until I was right upon him:

Carved in an old tree, I wondered if he was there to welcome visitors or ward off any unwelcome spirits.

Tonight, with hardly any time to dip a paintbrush into water, I decided to paint my interpretation of this chap. Initial sketching, painting, and photographing took only thirty minutes – you can probably tell. Writing this took another thirty, and put my schedule back even more. Ah well. What’s time anyway?

He also reminds me of the king in a pack of playing cards, but Cheshire also has ancient links to the legend of King Canute, so something is telling me that this is a carving of him. It probably isn’t, but I’m happy to think that it is. So once again, I’ve painted a face. With black eyes. This time, however, the eyes are meant to be black, and I’m quite pleased with how they’ve turned out. Every silver cloud…

This is another painting for #WorldWatercolorMonth, which runs throughout July.

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. What a mysterious find Tom. I love that you took the time to paint it and write about it and how you contrasted him with pink background. Very cool!

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    1. Thanks, Lorna. He was an interesting find to (almost) stumble across on my walk!

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  2. Did I answer this before? I think I did. Very artistic.

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  3. How cool! I wonder what his rune stands for? I looked up runes and it might stand for an ‘N’… or a torch, if it was carved backward. Inquiring minds want to know… 🙂

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    1. After WorldWatercolorMonth, Diane, I shall do a little research into this Rune. And similar symbols.

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  4. My first thought was that this was a carving of The Green Man … but my inner feeling is that it’s not.
    I did think that it looked very much like Professor Dumbledore – when played by Richard Harris, (Headmaster of Hogwarts in the JK Rowling stories about Harry Potter). But Dumbledore doesn’t wear a crown.

    I have absolutely no idea what the upturned ‘y’ is.
    Is it a rambling sign?
    Is it a walkers route guide?
    Is it a rune?
    Is it a Greek symbol?

    YOU HAVE REACHED THE END OF MY INTELLIGENCE. please press the RE-START button.

    The painting is incredible Tom. The light, the shade, … all make the ‘face’ come alive. You’ve given it depth and expression, which is absolutely incredible.

    What’s the size of the painting? It looks bigger than your ATC’s.

    It’s a truly spectacular painting Tom. Lovely job my talented friend.
    ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Pleased you liked it, Cobs, but I’m sorry for the mind malfunction there.
      There.
      There.
      There.
      There.
      Oops. Seems to be catching.
      Yes, this painting is larger than the ATCs. It’s 210×297… commonly known as A4.

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  5. Once a King always a King, but once a Knight is enough… 😉

    Good interpretation Tom! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. 😀 Heheh!
      Thanks, Prenin.

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