and more helpers…

we’ll just get this loaded up in a jiffy!

I was pretty pleased with how this image for Songs of Albion turned out. I like the feeling of movement in the figures. It also amused me that they are just marching into the water to load up the boat.

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! It may give you some idea of what’s going on… but if you really want to know, read Albion!

Marching down into the ocean
unperturbed by wet or cold
making not the least commotion
bearing quietly their load

to the gig hard by the shore
where all are ferried to the ship
there unloading, stowing, more
until it’s time to turn and skip

back to land and back to village
where the packing’s almost done
without waste or loss or spillage
til the day’s full course is run.

Now the ship is fully burthen
laying low upon the tide
still the breeze begins to freshen
whispering of ocean wide

while the Fae wave from the beach
bidding visitors farewell
overhead the seagulls screech
time and tide the truth will tell

as the ship turns out to sea
sailors rig the canvas high
from their landward shackles free
rejoicing in the ocean sky!

Copyright (C) 2012 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2012 Hilary Farmer

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6 Responses to “and more helpers…”

  1. Is this your painting? It’s delightful.

  2. Beautiful hand drawn art. Thanks for sharing Nonoy Manga

  3. Marching down into the ocean
    unperturbed by wet or cold
    making not the least commotion
    bearing quietly their load

    to the gig hard by the shore
    where all are ferried to the ship
    there unloading, stowing, more
    until it’s time to turn and skip

    back to land and back to village
    where the packing’s almost done
    without waste or loss or spillage
    til the day’s full course is run.

    Now the ship is fully burthen
    laying low upon the tide
    still the breeze begins to freshen
    whispering of ocean wide

    while the Fae wave from the beach
    bidding visitors farewell
    overhead the seagulls screech
    time and tide the truth will tell

    as the ship turns out to sea
    sailors rig the canvas high
    from their landward shackles free
    rejoicing in the ocean sky!

    Copyright (C) 2012 TJ Radcliffe

    Really like this image! The poem is slight but I’ve tried to capture the story!

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