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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Taerie's art: 'Angel Light' and 'Dangerous When Wet'

Posted on 2006.07.21 at 08:31
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~ Detail from Taerie's "Angel Light".

Away with the sauce and fluff of Faun and Bacchante; the time is right to present a piece I saw posted last week in the
journal of fellow LotR- and Frodo-fan, visual artist taerie. Her latest Frodo painting is ... sublime.

I apologize ahead of time that you will need to use your scroll bar to see all of this, but the full-size version of Taerie's
painting is that wide!

Since Taerie has a locked journal with a limited f-list, it bothered me that almost no one would see her new work.
I have asked her and she has given me permission to post it here.

Angel Light is a "winged Frodo" image, of which I am sure there are many, considering how often Frodo is compared to Eros,
the winged God of love. I've done Art Travesties of Frodo in Bouguereau's "Cupid and Psyche" paintings (who provided his
Cupid with ridiculously small wings), and I've featured the gorgeous scupture group of Canova's "Cupid and Psyche".

I've also gushed in various places over igraine's exquisitely imagined and written AU S/F fanfic, Psyche, which she
based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche (complete with ravishing writing about Frodo-Cupid's wings *swoon*).

I am betting there are Frodo fics and pieces of art based on the myth of Icarus, too, another hero with wings.

Whatever Taerie's inspiration -- Eros, Icarus, angels, or birds -- I think hers is the best "winged Frodo"
I've seen in fan art. See what you think.

Taerie's "Angel Light" reduced to fit on an LJ page:

Taerie's "Angel Light", full-size (use your scroll bar to view, or click enlarging icon in lower right if necessary):


Because I think Taerie's work doesn't get enough exposure, I also want to post a recent sketch of hers of great charm.
I encouraged her to post in a Frodo thread I visit at K-D, but its readership is small. Perhaps more people who might enjoy it
will see it here.

The sketch below depicts Frodo in the bath. What a look on his face! I am sure I am not the only fan who will be reminded
of at least half a dozen highly-rated fanfics, when she looks at this drawing.

Naughty Taerie!

~ Frodo in the tub, in "Dangerous When Wet":

And, just in case any of you missed it last year, here is a link to the LJ entry presenting Taerie's Frodo of the Shire,
the colour piece that reminded me of ancient Chinese silk paintings.

~ Mechtild


Summer aka Summershobbit
summershobbit at 2006-07-21 15:13 (UTC) (Link)
That is just....beautiful. Just beautiful!
mechtild at 2006-07-21 16:17 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting, Summershobbit. It really is worth raving over. :)
bagma at 2006-07-21 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
The painting is breathtaking. I didn't know Taerie's work, but it looks very beautiful; Frodo of the Shire is lovely, and Dangerous when wet is deliciously suggestive. Thank you for posting!:)
mechtild at 2006-07-21 16:18 (UTC) (Link)
"Breathtaking" - yes, Bagma. There are links to more of Taerie's work at Elfwood on her User Info page, I believe. There is a link for her general fantasy work, and one for her LotR stuff. There is not NEARLY enough Frodo in it! We must encourage her: More! More!
mariole at 2006-07-21 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! Thanks for posting Taerie's work. :)
mechtild at 2006-07-21 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
You! Get back to work!!!! (((Mariole)))
notabluemaia at 2006-07-21 16:43 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful composition and textures (the smooth hair and the fluffed softness of the feathers). Love the position and Frodo's expression (in both!).

Perhaps she'd post her pics on Wyna Hiros' hobbitart?
notabluemaia at 2006-07-21 16:44 (UTC) (Link)
That's actually hobbit_art. (oops)
frazzylou at 2006-07-21 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, those are both beautiful, thanks for showing them!

I particularly love the hands in 'Dangerous When Wet', the way they fade into the water. But then I do love line-art. ^_^

I hope you let her know about all these comments she's receiving.
mechtild at 2006-07-21 22:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Frankie. Oh, I'll drag her in here to look at her reviews, mark my words!
melyanna_65 at 2006-07-21 18:56 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for posting those wonderful pieces of art.

I don't know the artist, but I think I'll go and have a look, her Frodo is just so gorgeous.

mechtild at 2006-07-21 22:23 (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, Melyanna, I clicked links to her "gallery" of space at the Elfwood Galleries -- my links and the ones in her LJ -- and none of them are working. I am thinking it's a site malfunction. She hasn't posted very many Frodo pieces, but they are all good or excellent.
whiteling at 2006-07-21 19:13 (UTC) (Link)
Woo Hoo! *standing ovations* for Taerie's beautiful artwork and a *hug* for Mechtild for promoting it so wonderfully. Thank you, ladies! :)
mechtild at 2006-07-21 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, you should know, Miss Artist Person. :D

Yes, when I saw this picture on Taerie's LJ, and saw that she didn't even link it in The Harem, I had to put my foot down. Luckily, Taerie was amenable to "a showing." :D
taerie at 2006-07-21 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
Heavens! **blushes** Thank you Mechtild! You really know how to jump-start that muse of mine!
Now if we could just figure out where to put the jumper cables on yours we would be all set!..( but maybe we better not mess with it... yours does SUCH a great job of writing after it has had time to get in the mood.)

Thanks for all the kind words!! You guys are so sweet.
mechtild at 2006-07-21 22:29 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, did you see those comments? Hunh? Hunh?

"Why not post this at hobbit_art?", Notabluemaia suggested. And, below, the estimable Estelanui (a Tolkien afficianado and art fan from Italy) has said, "Why not at Middle-earth News?"

See? You should feature these things. Remember, to post at either of these sites, you merely have to follow their formats on their User Info pages (very simple) and post a link. If you don't want to unlock your own LJ posts to link the images there, you can link to my pages where I've hosted your work. My LJ entries, except when they are about family, are always public.

~ Mechtild
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2006-07-21 21:49 (UTC) (Link)
Both drawings are so beautiful!
Thanks for showing them, Mechtild!

Perhaps Taerie would post the links of her works on middleearthnews?
mechtild at 2006-07-21 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Estelanui. I just relayed your suggestion to Taerie in the comment above. I actually did ask her to post links to her stuff at M-E News back when she posted "Dangerous When Wet". She just needs a bit of prodding, I think.
goldberry_b at 2006-07-22 02:21 (UTC) (Link)

these are wonderful! I love the expression and the hands on the "wet" one, and I know how hard those are to do!

the Winged one is stunning and looks so natural I esp like the white against the color background

and special thanks for the link to the one from last year :) I missed it the first go around, and its wonderful.. the texture is yummy!

mechtild at 2006-07-22 02:28 (UTC) (Link)
All three of them are exceptional, aren't they? - yet all of them are different. The mediums make them look different, but even the particular visions of Frodo are different -- that is, although they all look like the same person -- they all display very different moods or attitudes. I do think Taerie's awfully good.

the Winged one is stunning and looks so natural I esp like the white against the color background

I agree. And I love it that she included Frodo's wounds, if quite subtly.

Thanks for stopping by to comment, Goldberry. :)
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-07-22 10:10 (UTC) (Link)
She does wonderful work, thank you for sharing it with us, and for sharing the other links too! :)
mechtild at 2006-07-22 12:11 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Starlit (P.S. I love the shot in your icon - who could not love that face?).
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-07-24 08:58 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, thank you for bringing Taerie’s beautiful works of art here.

I hope that many more Frodo fans get to see them.

mechtild at 2006-07-24 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
Did you see she broke down and posted it in hobbit_art? It's been getting great feedback. Woo hoo!
julchen11 at 2006-07-27 05:15 (UTC) (Link)
Stunning. I'm STARING at the drawings for 3 days now and I can't find the right words. I'm sitting here and all I have to say ... they are breathtaking. This is one of the best Wing Art I've ever seen. Thank to both of you.
The "wet one" ... god how I love this expression on his face.
Great works.
Thank you Mechtild for this wonderful post! Thank you so much.

Love and kisses to both of you
mechtild at 2006-07-27 13:06 (UTC) (Link)
You are most welcome, Julchen. Taerie has a wonderful eye and vision for portraying Frodo, doesn't she? I really love her Frodo work. I wish she would do more.
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