4390 views, 92 faves – December, 2014

Thanks to the deliciously awesome Tracey Mac for doing this collab with me, and to her fathomless inspiration…

… and though you’re totally sick of hearing it…
PLEASE click on the large view!!

Castle Walls

Once in a dream
Far beyond these castle walls
Down by the bay where the
Moonlit water falls
I stood alone while the minstrel sang his song
So afraid I’d lost my soul

There in the fog his song kept calling me
Leading me on with its haunting
Deep in my heart a voice kept echoing
I knew I’d soon be wandering

beyond these castle walls
Where the distant harbour meets the sky
There the battle rages like hell
And every dove had lost its will to fly

Far beyond these castle walls
Where I thought I heard Tiresias say
Life is never what it seems
And every man
must meet his destiny

- Styx


Background is from the drive along the enclosure wall of the Abbey of Maredret from Maredsous in the breathtaking Ardenne region of southern Belgium.

The cobblestone road was taken not far from my home and replaces the original tarmac.

The Lute is courtesy of Ben’s Guitar Shop in Brussels… couldn’t believe that hopelessly romantic master luthier actually had one of these puppys in his workshop amongst the mouse traps!

The goddess in white is passionately played by herself…

… and as I had trouble choosing between the color and BW versions, here’s the original…

Thanks for looking!


  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 4 years ago

    Wow, fantastic mood and beautifully surreal! Awesome work my friend. I think it looks great in either b&w or colour and I think you should offer both versions (if you haven’t already).
    Cheers, s.

  • Thanks Sandra for digging the mood and the surreality…
    The place itself is actually pretty surreal on its own, but natch I did some processing.
    Cheers back atcha!!

    – billyboy

  • 1chick1
    1chick1over 4 years ago

    wonderful piece very nice

  • Thanks Kristy!
    Totally dig yer portrait work btw!!

    – billyboy

  • Rhonda  Thomassen
    Rhonda Thomassenover 4 years ago

    I love them both Billy! Superb collab!

  • Rhonda  Thomassen
    Rhonda Thomassenover 4 years ago

    You need to join the 100% group! I will send you an invite!

  • Cheers Rhonda, that’d be cool!

    – billyboy

  • Sarah Davies
    Sarah Daviesover 4 years ago

    Really impressive work, so delicate..!

  • Thanks for that PG!
    Don`t often get delicate… makes a change….
    Hope I`m not going soft…:-))

    – billyboy

  • Ann Garrett
    Ann Garrettover 4 years ago


  • Cheers Ann!
    And thanx for the faves!!

    – billyboy

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 4 years ago

    I agree also, both are beautiful…

  • Thanx gail, it was a hard choice which to post, but I still feel the BW has more depth…
    and cheers for faving!!

    – billyboy

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 4 years ago

    To me one of the most brilliant things about this image is the combining of modern neo gothicism with ancient far east mystisism. Did I put to many “ism” in that? I was hoping that it would make it sound like I knew what I was talking about. But it is a brilliant work.

  • For the record, you can NEVA have too many isms…
    Awesome comment Ade, and cheers for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • LOVE yer Snoopy Gina,
    and cheers for the faves!!

    – billyboy

  • andy551
    andy551over 4 years ago

    this is so gorgeous and the poem fabulous too!!

  • Thanks Andy!
    The poem is a song by Styx who used to blow everyone away in the 70`s and 80`s… thought it was kinda cool they`re still out there and doing a massive US tour at the mo…
    Cheers for stopping by and faving!!

    – billyboy

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