This illustration for Tam Lin came into my life when I was around 10 years old – on the blessed day when I discovered the library’s collection of the Time-Life Enchanted World series books – and I instantly became fixated on it. It wasn’t good enough to lend the book every few weeks; I had to have it with me all the time. So I did what any rationally-minded 10-year-old would do: I undertook my own reproduction, painstakingly copying every. freaking. leaf. and every. freaking. shading line and pleat and strand of hair, using the time-honoured grid method to enlarge it to A2 size (approx. 16.5″x23″).
Then out came the trusty poster paints and… I hated it. It wasn’t perfect. So I redrew it and started again. And it still wasn’t perfect. So I redrew it, again. Every. Freaking. Line. And left it at that. When I visited my childhood home last year, I found all three copies under the bed with the rest of my art paper stash. No small surprise, they weren’t as awful as my hyper-critical inner judge would have had me believe.
“Moorlough Shore” came on while I was writing this entry and struck me as appropriate accompaniment. Ignore the ridiculous video and the ridiculous silver pants and just soak in Caroline Lavelle’s voice (it was 1995 and we all made the best fashion choices!)