I want a cover-up for a tattoo which I have on my arm, and dislike. I have known for ages that I wanted a Green Man, but also that he had to be different from any of the images I’d seen online. The Green Man is Cernunnos, he’s Lord of the Dance, Lord of the Hunt, Lord of Primeval instincts and Lord of the wild, dark, secret places where earth is musty and damp, green shoots push through and reach for life. He is Lord of the Stars and Lord of all nature. And I’m pretty sure he’s sexy. So why, when you do a Google image search, do you only get wizened, gnarled, barely-flesh old tree sprites, or clumpy stone carvings?
But this fine fella finally came to me in the last week, I found him, and he demanded to be drawn, and I was fortunate enough to be off sick for two days. He is composed of Oak, Ivy, Holly and Mistletoe and is painted in watercolour pencil, ink & colouring pencil.
The Green Man
MY Green Man.