sitting on the shore…

a quiet chat...

I just prepared this drawing for Songs of Albion but thought it would be nice for my blog too! Trying to create a certain kind of atmosphere is sometimes easier in black and white – or actually in this case, shades of grey.
I just saw the new comic for ExtraOrdinary – also in shades or grey. It’s very cool – make sure you move your mouse over the picture for some neat effects!

UPDATE: Thanks to Tom for this lovely evocative sonnet to accompany my image.

Charcoal twilight shadows sketched upon
the canvas sky illume a private tryst
between the silent hour before the Dawn
and the Dusk that lurks behind the mist
at day’s long close. A silent hawk swoops by
while Dusk and Dawn exchange a midnight word
beneath the Northern Summer’s peaceful sky,
a fleeting touch that’s been so long deferred.
They speak the tongues of twilight, voices soft
for sharing secrets commonplace and rare:
just where the Night goes hiding when the waft
of Summer comes to rule the Arctic air.
And when at last they’re parted by the Night
They know they’ll meet again by Austral light.

Copyright (C) 2011 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

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3 Responses to “sitting on the shore…”

  1. Love this! The atmosphere of it is wonderful. 🙂

  2. Charcoal twilight shadows sketched upon
    the canvas sky illume a private tryst
    between the silent hour before the Dawn
    and the Dusk that lurks behind the mist
    at day’s long close. A silent hawk swoops by
    while Dusk and Dawn exchange a midnight word
    beneath the Northern Summer’s peaceful sky,
    a fleeting touch that’s been so long deferred.
    They speak the tongues of twilight, voices soft
    for sharing secrets commonplace and rare:
    just where the Night goes hiding when the waft
    of Summer comes to rule the Arctic air.
    And when at last they’re parted by the Night
    They know they’ll meet again by Austral light.

    🙂

    Copyright (C) 2011 TJ Radcliffe

    Totally out of context, I know, but I saw the two characters as anthropomorphic personifications of Dusk and Dawn, and the rest kind of wrote itself!

    Lovely image, as always! The use of colour–or lack therefore–is really effective in capturing the privacy of the moment.

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