July "Illuminations of Nature".

Click on the artwork to view.Pluck the fruit and taste the pleasure,
Youthful lordings, of delight;
Whilst occasion gives you seizure,
Feed your fancies and your sight:
After death, when you are gone,
Joy and pleasure is there none.

Thomas Lodge.

This is one of a series of twelve decorative watercolour panels from my collection called "Illuminations of Nature" originally created as a wall calendar. Inspired by poetry, illuminated manuscripts and botanical illustration.

I am not sure I agree altogether with the sentiments expressed by this Elizabethan poet. It reminds me of  "To his coy mistress" by Andrew Marvell , I imagine they were written to lead young ladies astray!