The Lady of Shalott

I’ve been taking these old art postcards I’ve collected over the years and altering them in my sketchbook. “The Lady of Shalott,” is a painting by John William Waterhouse. It was inspired by Lord Tennyson’s poem about a woman who is an artist. She weaves in a tower and lives an isolated life. She can only watch the people living their lives near the city of Camelot. She can’t even look at them directly, only through their reflection in a mirror. Here’s a portion of the poem:

There she weaves by night and day, a magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say, a curse is on her if she stay
to look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be, and so she weaveth steadily,
and little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.

One day she is tempted by the sight of Sir Lancelot who is very handsome. She breaks her spell, and looks upon him directly. The mirror shatters and she knows because of the curse that her time is running out. She takes a boat towards Camelot, but dies before it arrives. Lancelot looks over her tragic death with sympathy.

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First Impressions

Iam

The first time I saw you I knew you were the one. The one I was meant to meet. The one I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. I knew there was no turning back. It had happened. I saw you. You were clear and real, not a fuzzy vision from a dream. I had been working so hard at life, I had forgotten that I was here to find you. In that instant, the way you smiled, the way you carried yourself, the way you shimmered and sparkled like the stars in the deep moonless night, I knew Continue reading

My Unconditional Love

Unconditional

Today, October 8, 2015, is National Poetry Day. They say all poetry can be summed up as either being about love or death. Today I’d like to focus on love kind.

I’d like to share with you a love poem I wrote especially for today called, “My Unconditional Love.” A while back I discovered that unconditional love is one of those challenges I have been given in this lifetime and I have to admit, at times working with it has been no picnic. Unconditional love is love without conditions. You are basically saying that no matter what, I will love this person. It means that you can love someone, even if they don’t love you back. When this happens, it can feel painful at first. Continue reading