Baucis and Philemon, pen ink drawing

oak and linden III, pen drawing on dictionary paper,  work in progress
oak and linden III, pen drawing on dictionary paper, work in progress

When he had spoken briefly with Baucis, Philemon revealed their joint request to the gods. We ask to be priests and watch over your temple, and, since we have lived out harmonious years together, let the same hour take the two of us,...
... as they chanced to be standing by the sacred steps, discussing the subject of their deaths, Baucis saw Philomen put out leaves, and old Philemon saw Baucis put out leaves, and as the tops of the trees grew over their two faces, they exchanged words, while they still could, saying, in the same breath: “Farewell, O dear companion”, as, in the same breath, the bark covered them ... Ovid

My husband and I recently celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary. The drawing that I've used for this Baucis and Philemon series started with a photo of us from "way back when".

I took that photo when my husband and I were traveling through Mexico on a shoestring budget. And I do mean shoestring! I never thought I'd be able to laugh about some of the things that happened on that trip, but I often look back fondly on that adventure.

When I did this drawing in 2010, I came across the story of Baucis and Philemon. It's a beautiful story about an old couple who wished to remain together forever. The Gods granted their wish by making them intertwining trees of oak and linden.

Still a work in progress; this is the third drawing in this series. The first was submitted to the Sketchbook project and the second has sold. I've used gesso to add texture for the trees and archival pen ink and acrylics for the portrait and leaves.


  1. lovely. I like the layers over the text. A wonderful way to celebrate the relationship between you and your husband.

  2. I love that story... and the illustration of it is progressing perfectly... I look forward to seeing it finished... xx

  3. Beautiful work, I love the splash of yellow! Congrats on your anniversary

  4. This is a wonderful piece and great story. The yellow really makes this piece powerful. :)

  5. Congrats on your 27th anniversary. That is incredibly romantic. As is the piece, and the way the two faces over the images of leaves and the the page of writing are all arranged.

  6. Happy Anniversary ~ What lovely and unique art work ~ filled with depth of spirit and wonderfully done ~ ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^

  7. Thank you everyone for the anniversary wishes and the lovely comments on this wip piece.

  8. Lovely, luminous illustration with a wonderful story! Perfect composition and your very original style, love it!

  9. Que belleza and the story you share makes it even more lovely. Happy Anniversary to you and your man! Love your work and that you use the dictionary pages. I like your style.


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