David A CherryPalm to PalmImage size: approx. 12 x 10 inches
Framed size: approx. 24 x 27 inches
Two signed collectible cards from the now out of print game by Iron Crown are included. One shows the image side. One shows the back of the card.
Medium: Acrylic on gessoed double thick watercolor board
This painting of Frodo and Sam on their way to Mordor has always been a favorite of mine. It was done at my home in Edmond, Oklahoma, where I had a 400 square foot loft that was a dream space for art production. Of course any opportunity to create art for such a prestigious series is a thrill, but this one was more personal. My step-daughter, Kiley Riley, was kind enough to help me out. She posed as Frodo, and her friend, Mira, posed as Sam. You can see the photo reference below. Frodo never looked better.
She is a vision, certainly. But what kind? She appears to be a simple peasant maid passing time with her sewing as she awaits an unknown someone at the crossroads. But in the realm of fantasy she could be much more. Perhaps that gap in the trees is a portal to adventure in another time and place, and she is the guardian of that gate. She seems to beckon with a shy smile, trustworthy, surely. Or is she? Many a thrilling journey has started with less.
When you grow up with C.J. Cherryh as your big sister, you learn a lot about the world and it's history. Knowing I liked swashbucklers, Sis introduced me to the works of authors like Jeffry Farnol whose historical romances came alive with hundred year old colloquialisms and dialect. I had just finished his tale, The Broad Highway, when one of my friends from The Golden Palm Tape Network called to say they had come across a reference which described the pallet used by one of my great artistic heroes, Lawrence Alma Tadema. In a modified version of the pallet, I set about trying it out.
When I was little, my father told me that many people would call to me in my life and that the ones which were most attractive were likely to be the ones I should mistrust the most. I had to think on that for a while. I did not want it to be true, but even as a young man I began to see the wisdom in his words. As an old man now, I can attest to it. All that glitters is not gold. The Beautiful Lady of the Rocks is a siren. Her form and call promise everything, but deliver only emptiness.
Xanth is a world of puns and fun created by Piers Anthony. For the 1996 Xanth calendar, I was honored to create this portrait of Ryver (Elder brother of Jot and Tittle, son of Lacuna and Vernon, great grandson of Merlin, King of Xanth). His job is to guard the gate to Counter Xanth. His nickname is Water Boy, since he has power over water. Accordingly, I imagined a rather bored Ryver passing the time by juggling balls of water.