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The crowns of Arthur and Merlin by ObsidianSerpent The crowns of Arthur and Merlin by ObsidianSerpent
Acrylic on canvas board.

The blurb beneath the previous painting (Consultation) explains what project this was created for, so I won't repeat it all here.)

This is the second painting and was intended as a section break between areas of story, (either of the crowns could be used as appropriate.)

The idea is that Arthur is the Oak King, (I did a painting of Arthur as the Oak King for the story "Light of Arthur", (he unfortunately looked remarkably like a laughing Rupert Grint...but let's draw a veil over that... :lol:) Anyway...when he takes Merlin as his consort Merlin becomes the Mistletoe Prince.

It's said that Mistletoe was sacred for the druids. It only grows in apple or oak trees. (There's a whole fertility symbolism attached to it...mainly because the translucent white berries resemble semen, which is why we kiss under it now.)

Anyway, the upper crown is Arthur's. It's mostly red and yellow gold oak leaves, with acorns in forest green and Pendragon red, with a bit of Merlin's mistletoe in it.

The crown below is Merlin's. Merlin gets a crown which is mostly mistletoe, created from green and yellow gold and pearls. But it has a little bit of Arthur's oak in it.
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EinonhenofCaerluen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
These crowns are wonderful, if I may quote C.S. Lewis about the forging of the first Narnian crowns.....""two crowns took shape - not ugly heavy things like modern European crowns, but light, delicate beautifully shaped circles that you could really wear and look nicer by wearing"
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Thank you. Great quote, and he's totally got a point, real crowns tend to be pretty damn ugly. (I've been to see the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London and although the gems themselves are stunning, the actual crowns are really clumsy-looking and not very pretty.)

I'm not keen on the crown they've given Arthur in series four either. I hope he gets something a bit nicer in series five.
shinigami22 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow they are so pretty!
I love the conotations of them!

I'd love to have those in real life!
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Thank you so much.

Yeah...they would be quite nice to have in real life. Though one wouldn't be able to wear them anywhere, which would be a bit of a shame. :)
shinigami22 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol! I'd wear them anyway coz i'm silly like that but then again i own outfits they would work with so i would get away with it! :D
ObsidianSerpent Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
I wish we COULD wander through everyday life wearing exactly what we were drawn to. It would be so much fun seeing people just wandering around dressed as princesses, or geishas, or 18th century gentlemen or whatever. It'd tell you a lot about the people too, by what they chose.
shinigami22 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be awesome! Definitely!
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