August "Illuminations of Nature"

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the world and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road runs by
                  To many- tower'd Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
                 The lady of Shalott.

This decorative illustration of mine was inspired by the poem "The Lady Of Shalott" by Alfred Lord Tennyson. This poet also inspired many of the Pre-Raphaelites, maybe that is why I like it so much. It is part of a series of twelve paintings, one for each month. I completed the work over several years in between commissions. (I can't paint as fast as I can blog!)
If you click on the illustration you will see it more clearly.


  1. What a beautiful piece! I remember reading The Lady Of Shallot at school and being enchanted by it - it's lovely to see how it inspires other people! Glad to have found your blog - you have some beautiful work on here :o)

  2. Wonderful! I love that poem, I too remember reading it at school and going over it again and again - I'm fond of the work of the pre-Raphaelites too - I love reading about their lives as well.

  3. So delicately lovely and the lettering is superb - I hope you're going to post the others as time goes on!

  4. It's out of this world beautiful!

  5. Hello everyone and thanks for visiting. I wonder if this poem is as popular now as it once was? I read it at school like Amanda and Rosie.

  6. Ah yes, those opening lines brought me back. We actually acted it out on stage in primary school. I was one of the towers(!). Yes they were running out of parts by then!

    Beautiful painting. Really lovely.

  7. This is lovely Valerie :)
    I do love your delicate watercolour lettering ...
    I like collections of illustrations like this - to go with a series of something - months, an alphabet, etc ...
    Looking forward to seeing the rest..
    x Rima

  8. Really lovely to see your work, it is painted so delicately.

  9. This is so beautiful, I love this poem as well :)