Oak and Bathsheba

I have never liked a book’s character so much as I loved the characters penned by Thomas Hardy in Far From the Madding Crowd. There is Gabriel Oak, a sincere friend, a capable shepherd and a man of principles; and there is Bathsheba Everdene, the mistress of the farm, free spirited, vanity laden and possessor of an uncertain temperament. Their friendship makes quite an interesting story as it dwindles, topples, soothes and balances.

I was tempted to make some artwork this Saturday evening and the thought ofΒ  ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ came quite vividly to my mind . The story of these two nice people, under the backdrop of a country side, with sheeps and greenery and everything that reinforces the thought of a simple, ‘close to the Nature’ life, has created a long lasting impression in my mind.

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Hence I got a white chart paper and began to draw a scene out of my imagination, trying to depict Oak and Bathsheba. I wanted to draw trees and that they will be walking through the woods. Gabriel will have a very simple dress and Bathsheba will be dressed in some bright color. Gabriel will be doing some act of help as was his nature in the novel. So I showed him carrying a basket of apples on a stick, which he puts across his shoulders and walks merrily on the path. Bathsheba walks along with him and talks with him, probably taking his suggestions on the decisions she wishes to implement in the farm.

I couldn’t paint the path which I realized I should have painted first, before painting the two people.So I left the path white.Also, I had drawn a sheep in the beginning but it was not looking like any sheep I have ever seen so I erased it at last.

Finally I had this painting…I m glad I could make it..it is my tribute to the wonderful novel that has so enraptured me with all it’s beauty of storytelling; and the two characters whose nature and personalities have acquired a distinctive space in my mind.

Oak and Bathsheba, Far From the Madding Crowd.

“They spoke very little of their mutual feeling; pretty phrases and warm expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends”

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30 thoughts on “Oak and Bathsheba

  1. Your descriptions of these two characters have made me want to read this book, Prabhat. It’s one I’ve never really considered before, despite it being so well known. The only Hardy novel I’ve read is Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Your idea of painting the two people, as you imagine them in a scene, was a great one. You are a multi talented man, and obviously love painting as well as writing, and you’ve managed to convey much in your artwork here. Hope you are well and enjoying 2017 so far! πŸ™‚

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    • Oh thankyou so much Millie! I m humbled by your words. Yes, do give it a try during one of your long journeys to the ancient sites πŸ™‚ It will be a nice read along the journey. 2017 has been awesome so far indeed, thankyou! πŸ™‚

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  2. What a lovely painting and it really brings the book to life!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ƒ Your enraptured description of the characters is wonderful and captivating and recalls it to me from my study of the book at school. I must admit at the time I was very taken with Keats and Shakespeare but think I would appreciate the book much more now. Tempted to check it out following this excellent post.

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    • Thank you much Annika!I see you finished reading the great classics quite early in your career, that is so awesome! I have been so enamored with Hardy’s this novel, I keep thinking about it quite often! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your appreciations! ☺

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  3. Wow Prabhat you are a very good artist. I think I like that there is no path, it gives more attention to Oak and Bathsheba. I love the outfit you gave to Oak especially his hat and the colors you chose. I had to laugh about the sheep. I love that you were so inspired by the story that you brought it to life in pictures!! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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    • Wow what an awesome meet and greet you have arranged! Thank-you so much for the mention! I m going to roam around and say cheers to the other cool bloggers in the list! Great one David! ☺

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    • Hi Deb! I m doing well, thankyou , hope you are doin awesome too! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the invitation to this beautiful challenge. πŸ™‚ I ve been missing posting indeed. The work had been too hectic in past few months. It’s only since last week things have started to calm down. I will surely look forward to this. πŸ™‚

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      • Oh I so happy to hear all is well. I certainly know what a hectic work schedule is, mine has been the same. Take your time on this and only do it if you find it to be fun!! Glad work is becoming manageable once again. Be well my friend ☺

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