Friday, 25 January 2008

John Anderson my Jo

Pastel on paper, 30x43cm: To celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, our national poet, I have chosen this small pastel drawing I made last year which to my mind encapsulates the closeness of the two lovers from Burns' poem:
"John Anderson my jo, John, when we were first acquent,
Your locks were like the raven, your bonie brow was brent;
But know your brow is beld, John, your locks are like the snaw,
But blessings on your frosty pow,
John Anderson my jo!
Today, 25th January, also marks the birthdate of my mother, Margaret Wallace, who always quoted this poem of Burns as her favourite. It is to her I also dedicate this painting. I never forget you.

Charcoal on paper, 43x59cm: I made this drawing today in preparation for making it into a painting, and while I am satisfied with this my atempts at painting were futile and a complete waste of time. Ah well, there's always tomorrow!

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