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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Thank you's for beautiful gifts of art....

Posted on 2006.11.19 at 15:08

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frodos_mum
frodos_mum at 2006-11-23 08:48 (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful etchings and illustrations!
Whiteling's Estë is so delicate and beautiful, and Taerie's Frodo of The Shire is mouthwatering. I'd like to bite Frodo's apple. Love all the details in this painting. Magical!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-23 14:28 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Frodo's Mum, on behalf of myself and the artists and/or presenters. Reading your comment, I realised I hadn't provided a close-up of Whiteling's drawing, so that interested parties could look at the pencil work. I added an image after I read your comment.

But do you see what I mean about how close-ups helped in the LJ presentation of Taerie's Frodo of the Shire? Her detailed style was so interesting and such a part of the painting's magic, I didn't see how it could be conveyed without out some detailed close-ups, especially for people actually interested in how artist's achieve their effects.

I still can't believe she just gave it away. I "give away" my fic, but that's standard practice in fanfic; it's never for sale, if only because it's against copyright law to make money from it. But, even so, it's not comparable to the situation for a painting or drawing. There may be many images of a work of fan art, but there is only one original. When writing a story or poem, there isn't really an "original" at all. Only books that are actually published and one can own can be collected in the same way, like people who buy first editions that have been signed by the author.
frodos_mum
frodos_mum at 2006-11-24 08:22 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Mechtild. Yes, I do see what you mean about providing details of a painting, I can assure you.
I promise that I will do that when I put the chronological sequence of my Frodo and Sam painting onto my art site. Not sure when that will be. It takes such a long time for me to upload pics to the site because I am on slow old dial-up Internet. Grrr. So I tend to put off things like that until I know I've got a bit of time up my sleeve.

Hey, I can't believe that Taerie would just give away an original painting either! That is very generous of her. You must have been so pleased when she gave it to you. It's such a gorgeous picture.

Good grief...Imagine if there really were people out there trying to sell their fan-fics based on Tolkien's work...what cheek!
Actually, I did see a slash fiction story for sale on eBay recently. It was about The Fellowship, particularly Boromir and Aragorn (I think.)
The start bid they wanted was $30.00. No-one bought it.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-24 13:35 (UTC) (Link)
I look forward to the posts presenting your paintings, dial-up and all. Yes, I was totally floored when Taerie emailed me and asked if I would like to have it. "We're moving and I thought I'd get rid of some things."

The person selling fic on Ebay is barking up the wrong tree. It's quite illegal to sell fanfic. Fic writers post disclaimers at the heads of their fics (that they are making no money and that the characters and story belong to Tolkien), but I think that technically it's illegal even post fics for free. But most writers or their estates turn a blind eye since it's an expression of love for the original, drums up more readers, and takes nothing away from them financially, etc. But I am sure the Tolkien estate checks around.

I've visited websites that are just doing reference projects or offering essays on Tolkien where they had posted copies of JRRT's watercolours or maps to illustrate their site, which then had been taken down by request of the Tolkien estate. Of course the estate can't police every site out there, but that they saw and spoke to these sites shows me that someone actually is checking.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-23 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
P.S. I only just now looked at your garden in the three links at your website. I am literally weeping over their loveliness. The expanse itself is impressive! What an undertaking! Your own a Sissinghurst! Then I wept over the design of it. The site of your neighbour's sheep in that picture did me in. I am overwhelmed by the beauty and freshness of what you have made.
frodos_mum
frodos_mum at 2006-11-24 08:30 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! My garden is a great source of beauty and pleasure for me. I consider my good fortune every day when I roam around it, or just gaze at it through a window.
Even when I have neglected the garden when my time has been taken up by artwork, it is still quite lovely to look at.
I do hope to add to the garden sections of my site in the future - I take hundreds of photos, but once again it is a matter of finding the time to reduce them all and upload 'em.
The day I took the photos of my neighbour's sheep was a particularly beautiful January (midsummer) afternoon.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-24 13:37 (UTC) (Link)
I do hope to add to the garden sections of my site in the future

I recall reading in your garden section that you plan to do a rose page. *swoons*

Who weeds these gardens, I'd like to know? I weed ours but they are postage stamps in comparison to yours. (And I loathe doing divisions, and cutting the tops off the perennials in spring.) That's an awful lot of work for one woman on a sit-down mower.
frodos_mum
frodos_mum at 2006-11-25 01:26 (UTC) (Link)
I gather from your comment that you like roses? ;-) I love them too. I've planted approximately seventy since moving here six years ago. The rabbits ruined seven of them last winter - chewed them off at the roots. Little pests!
Anyway, yes I must do a special page of my roses at some stage. I have certainly had a bumper crop of blooms this spring (and took plenty of photos). I am wondering if that's because I neglected to prune them.
My husband and I weed our garden. In fact I was out spraying the weeds yesterday. The garden is too big to pull all the weeds out by hand.
I do most of the mowing. It takes about three hours to mow the main garden area, and another hour for the paddock, (which I like to call my mini-arboretum because I planted lots of young deciduous trees there a few years ago). It used to take me eight hours to mow the main lawn with the push mower. Glad those days are over!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-25 03:40 (UTC) (Link)
You both have to take great pleasure in this project. That's a lot of weeding, even using sprays, and a LOT of mowing!

It is too cold for roses here, except for some extremely hardy ones bred from this zone, none of which are very impressive. People do grow hybrid teas and fancy roses, but to winter them over they literally dig trenches next to the plants, cut back the tops and tie up the branches, dig them up and lay them in the trenches, cover them with soil, then cover all that with big bags of leaves piled up, or bales of hay. In the spring they uncover them and re-plant them. This is definitely not something I would bother doing, no matter how lovely roses are!

frodos_mum
frodos_mum at 2006-11-25 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
Goodness me! Are you living at the North Pole or on top of Mount Everest?
Those rose-lovers certainly have to go to a lot of trouble over their plants. Such dedication!

I am always reminded when I 'talk' with other people on the Internet, how fortunate I am to be living in my temperate climate. I wouldn't like to go without the sight and scent of an abundance of roses in bloom: spring, summer and autumn. Some roses actually have a sprinkle of flowers throughout winter, until I prune them, or we have a few frosts.

I will try to put some rose photos on my website in the next month or two, so you can look at them in the middle of winter. ;-)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-25 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
I will try to put some rose photos on my website in the next month or two, so you can look at them in the middle of winter. ;-)

Oh, goody goody goody!

In hardiness zones, I live on the southwest tip of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Our growning zone is zone 4(lows of -30 to -20 F, -35 to -29 C) . This would be comparable to only the upper reaches of Scandanavia and Finland, away from the moderating temperatures of the sea. The British Isles, for instance, are mostly zones 8 and 9, with a tiny bit of zone 7 in the Scottish mountains. Yes, it can be daunting to the gardener. My greatest sadness is the fact that so few trees I love are hardy here. There is a lamentable sameness about the woods - aspen, birch, fir, poplar, with a bit of maple and very little oak. Beeches don't grow here, a tree I love. Elms grew here rather well, but Dutch Elm disease has taken most of them.
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