“just outlawe robin hood.”
“maid marian adventuriere.”
faerie tale feet paintings inspired by the many legends, histories, and tales of robin hood (and his merry men!), plus the romantic french addition to the tale of our beloved maid marian.
i painted these two faerie tale feet paintings with the pair in mind.
i picture robin hood leaning against a tree being all suave and manly, while maid marian reaches up to kiss his cheek.
this two paintings side-by-side bring the spirit of sherwood forest to life.
the legend goes WAY back (my research stack was RIDICULOUSLY tall)… and range from theories of “robyn hoode” being a nickname for any outlawe in ye olde english record books, to an actual historical figure… the legend changed with the times as the populace might be mad at government (prince john, the sheriff of nottingham) at one point in history, or angry at the church (yes, friar tuck is the bad guy in a good number of versions, too!) was a lot of fun to research the varying tellings, and there is no shortage of adventure or daring in any tale of robin hood and his merry men.
have a look at the painting process below and then i'll give you a list of all the story icons i included in the background!
story icons included in these two backgrounds of our forest lovers:
- the silver arrow (won in an archery contest while robin hood was in disguise; later shot through the window of the sheriff of nottingham with a “note” on it. ha!)
- an archer (the merry men) in green
- the crown (prince john, wrongly ruling while richard was “out of town.” hmpf.)
- a beard (robin hood was handsome with brown hair & a neat beard. i’ll take it)
- a fleur de lis (the english legends and tales had no girls in the stories. the french being the romantics that they are, praise God, added maid marian!)
- robin hood’s famous feathered cap
- a lion (king richard the lion hearted, returned from battle to marry robin hood and maid marian)
- the silver bugle (kept at robin hood’s side to call his merry men if he were ever in danger)
- a sword (yes, lots of sword fights, too.)
- red deer (illegal, with the death penalty, to kill the king’s deer, it’s what robin hood and his merry men lived off of in sherwood forest. robin figured richard would forgive him upon his return for upholding justice for the commoners and against the evil sheriff of nottingham and prince john while richard was away. robin was correct, and was fully pardoned by the rightful king richard.)
- a harp (the story of allan-a-dale, who enlisted the aid of robin hood, the merry men, and friar tuck to prevent his true love from having to marry an old & stinky bachelor as arranged by her father. they intervened and friar tuck performed the ceremony for allan-a-dale, a wandering minstrel, and his beloved bride.)
- a target (in most tellings, robin hood is superb archer; in others, he's notoriously terrible!)….
and i think that’s all that’s hidden in the background pattern. let me know if you find more. ;)
(background icons are the same with the exception of an added owl shape to maid marian’s background; goddess of the forest, artemis, athena, wisdom, you know…it totally all made sense in my head at the time of painting.)
original gouache paintings (11″ square, about 19″ framed) available for $425 each, or $800 for the framed set. contact me!
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