The Lovers are Finished!

Romeo & Juliet Watercolor painting
Watercolor on Arches Paper

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.”

Work in Progress

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