Monday, January 9, 2012

The Sleeping Troll


Well, I was finally able to scrape a few minutes together over the Christmas break and actually make a picture for myself. It has been quite a while since I've had the chance to do this and I really wanted to make the most of this little opportunity. There had been a story circulating around the taverns and roadhouses outside Gwelf for a few years now concerning a company of armoured knights engaged in a pitched battle with a band of brigand trolls on the old bridge at Albion. I thought this would make a terrific subject for my next piece and wanted to be sure to do it justice.

There were still a few details I wanted to clarify so I decided to conduct a little investigation and see what I could find out. I wanted my depiction of these historic events to be as accurate as possible and so I decided to interview the eye witnesses and see if I could track down anyone who was actually in the battle. After conducting a number of covert interviews and eves dropping on several very secretive conversations the truth began to appear. As it turns out, the company of armoured knights became a handful of terrified farmers and the band of brigand trolls became one peaceful and snoozy troll asleep under a bridge with a large jug of vintage pear cider. After a brief verbal exchange the troll agreed to vacate the vicinity by the end of the day. Everyone went home satisfied. Lamps were lit and dramatic war stories were told by the fire side. I much prefer this version of the story and that is what I've depicted.

More soon.

Peace be with you.

23 comments:

Emerson Fialho said...

Muito legal, parabéns!

Raggle Taggle Gypsey Girl said...

That is awesome......Really impressed.....

Alexandre honoré said...

nice work ! It's still difficult to find the right version of a legend, your investigation had be a race with the truth. I also prefer this version.

Craig Phillips said...

Excellent work and great post! You must have had a great time painting this one. Its wonderful!

Fandango said...

Great picture! I love the facial expressions all around.

Larry MacDougall said...

Thanks Craig - it was mostly fun but not exactly smooth sailing.

Larry MacDougall said...

Emerson, Raggle, Alexandre - thanks guys, very much appreciated :)

Larry MacDougall said...

Thanks Fandango :)

Tammie Lee said...

so glad everyone was satisfied in the end, may this experience spread to the sphere of our planet!

awesome wonderful piece
wonderful 2012 to you~

brandi said...

~oh so happy to see a post pop up from you...may this coming year lead to "a wee bit more of this here time for yourself" to simply draw as you so enchantingly do...much love light and blessings upon you and yours~

Larry MacDougall said...

Tammie Lee - thanks-you so much and I agree :)

Larry MacDougall said...

Brandi - thanks so much for those wonderful sentiments. :)

Rajesh said...

Amazing!! This painting is really fun..i really feel some satisfaction deep inside..!!
waiting for your next post..!!

Larry MacDougall said...

Thanks so much Rajesh. :)

Danthienne said...

Wonderful art and nice story :)

Vishal D. Murthy said...

Wonderful piece- I loved the story! Its always nice to find time to draw for yourself. Between Gwelf and Albion, I'm wondering if you might be situated in the city of Guelph at all?

Larry MacDougall said...

Thanks Danthienne :)

Larry MacDougall said...

Hello Vishal - don't tell anyone but I'm actually in Stoney Creek. I can really keep an eye on everything from here. :)

Lady Lara Croft said...

Wonderful work

Larry MacDougall said...

Thanks for stopping by LLC. :)

Herc said...

I first remember seeing your work back in the Vampire days. Your work was inspiring then and it still inspires today. This piece is so whimsical. I love it.
peace,
Eraklis (Herc)

Larry MacDougall said...

Thanks Herc. The vampire days were a long time ago but I remember them fondly. My heart is in a lighter place these days.

Craig Phillips said...

This is wonderful! Great to see a new painting!!