For a couple of years now I’ve carried the idea of a painting of the Green Man dancing in the form of a swirl of leaves. The Green Man is also known as Jack-in-the-Green and Iâ€™ve painted his face a few times before. Itâ€™s unusual for a painting to stay so fixed and strong in my head for so long without me having to get it out before it fades. But I have finally done it and here he is:
In the end it was listening again to the lyrics of the Jethro Tull song Have you seen Jack-in-the-Green?
from their 1977 album Songs from the wood that gave me the final inspiration; so thanks to Ian Anderson!
Have you seen Jack-in-the-Green?
With his long tail hanging down â€¦
Here’s a detail of his cheeky, leafy faceâ€¦
â€¦and a close up of the mistle thrush which features in the last line of the song:
Oh, the mistlethrush is coming.
Jack, put out the light.
I’m very pleased with it so I’m having some greetings cards made of it. I’ll let you know when theyâ€™re ready. I will also get some decent quality prints made – you wouldn’t believe how expensive that is – or perhaps you would!