The Dawn Treader

It’s a book by C S Lewis – one of the Prince Caspian adventures. I found the tattered paperback in the freebie bin outside a charity shop. Flicking through it, I really liked the line drawings and one of them was the inspiration for this mixed media 12″x9″ canvas. At the centre you might just see the image torn from the book of the Dawn Treader, they ‘magic’ ship at the heart of the story.

Because the story is about the voyage of the Dawn Treader, I chose blue as my base colour and continued from there. Base colour and broad strokes, then the textures – muslin, beads, paper, netting, etc. More blue paint and blended hues, filling in all the gaps. I then hit on the idea of adding those eyes from Third Coast. I aimed for swirling movement, imitating waves breaking around the ship and wind blowing… I hope that comes across. The highlights were finally added yesterday using tiny amounts of gold and silver applied with a fingertip! It’s a shame the scan doesn’t show the shimmers, but this is my entry to Lisa Gifford’s SOYB ‘Monochromatic’ challenge on Saturday.


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  1. Hi!
    I like your piece very much! It’s beautiful!! Take Care!!


  2. Wow, I was thinking of the ocean before I read what you’ve typed. It’s beautiful Rosie, and the eyes are mysterious and deep!

  3. This is absolutely beautiful. I love the color and I especially love the eyes. I like to use eyes alot myself.

  4. pat

     /  November 5, 2008

    “WOW” what else can I say Rosie, to all your artworks I am so lucky I can see most of them in the flesh ,as to say. Pictures of them dont do them any justice. all my love. stop blogging and get making lol.

  5. I love the blues, the texture, and those eyes!!! Beautiful.


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