Romeo & Juliet.
Watercolor on Arches 140 lb cotton paper. 8.5×10. Unframed.
There are a few subjects that keep coming up for me in my art. Romeo & Juliet is one of them. Perhaps it is their youth and beauty, the rash choices, or doomed love story that feels familiar and relatable. If I go through my childhood art, Romeo & Juliet show up again and again.
This time I chose to illustrate Act III Scene V. In the 1998 film “Shakespeare in Love” (among my favorite films of all time) Ned says to a young Will Shakespeare “There’s a scene missing between marriage and death…” I chose to paint that scene. Here first morning light interrupts the lovers, who I hope still appear innocent and uncertain of themselves. Romeo holds a dagger and Juliet has her poison, a foreshadowing of things to come.
The sketch was done in pencil on Strathmore sketch paper. I cleaned the image and had it copied onto Arches 140lb watercolor paper. Then I built up the colors in transparent watercolor.
I don’t think I’m done with these two… as my skill in oils improves, I expect they will show up there too… because, after all…”Sweeter than honey, yet bitter as gall; Cupid, he rules us all.”