I decided to revisit the challenge to Draw something green.

The Green Man springs up (if you’ll pardon the pun) in the mythologies of many cultures around the world. He is best known as a pagan symbol representing the spirit of nature, fertility and rebirth, which made him the perfect subject for the First of May, when I fitted in this 40-minute sketch.

This ceramic Green Man was a gift from my mother from a visit to Ely Cathedral a couple of years ago, and he sits above the pinboard in our kitchen. “The Green Man” is also the name of a pub a mile or so from where I grew up; it was the place my parents would take me for dinner on special occasions when I was a child. The last time we went there was in 2006, before Paul and I had our daughter (hey, as a fertility symbol, you can’t really knock him!).

I went to a Church of England primary school, in whose traditions Christianity and Paganism went hand in hand – though we weren’t encouraged to dwell on the pagan element …

Wax pastels and oil pastels in 6×9″ Daler Ingres pad.

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