wallace_trust: Me and my plum tree (Default)
This is my attempt at Sam's initial carry of his master at Orodruin. There are actually three such scenes in the book: two while they are climbing the mountain, and one when Sam carries Frodo away from the Cracks of Doom. Each scene utilizes a different carrying pose. What I wanted to try to eke out of this one was a sense of the exhausted Frodo's absolute trust in his friend. He knows Sam will do the job if anyone can.

wallace_trust: Me and my plum tree (Default)
With Frodo and Sam, it seems to be either heaven or hell! This was the first of my garden-inspired paintings. I had just finished the background and was trying to figure out how I wanted Frodo to be sitting with his book, when I felt the need for some new LOtR music. I went on YouTube where there are always new creations, and stumbled upon the studio recording of "Now and For Always," which I had never heard before.

After I revived, I worked furiously on this almost nonstop for three days.  Unfortunately, after I was finished I realized I had forgotten to add their foot hair  ^_^;

I use the language of flowers in all of my paintings.  Here the wisteria, which means many things, stands for courage, and so do the daffodils.  The forget-me-nots are self-explanatory, while the primroses mean love and "I will protect you."  The irises bring a touch of romance into the mix, as do the hyacinths, while the orange butterflies represent happiness and the white ones indicate pure innocence. 

wallace_trust: Me and my plum tree (Default)
This is only my extrapolation of events after the end of the book. We all know that Sam eventually sailed West, to be reunited with Frodo on Tol Eressëa. I am glad that Tolkien left this beautiful scene to our imaginations. Here I have them sitting quietly together at the docks as they remember all the family and friends they have had to leave behind. The elf-light of this magical place was both difficult and fun to try to visualize, but my favorite part of doing this illustration was making Sam's foot hair ^_^

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