Art Journal Page: Easter Roses


Like Christmas, Easter has a real meaning to me that far surpasses chocolate eggs and fluffy bunnies. I started this page without really knowing where it would end up. I had a wonderful magazine photo of roses which I really wanted to use, so in that went. After colouring the facing page and adding a gesso vignette, I searched online for a longer piece of text than a trite quote extolling the ‘romance’ of the flower.

I stumbled on this poem, which I’ve not come across before, by George Eliot. Nothing trite or romantic here as she explores the colour, thorns and fragrance in a stunning metaphor so in keeping with the true Easter story:

I went to gather roses and twine them in a ring,
For I would make a posy, a posy for the King.

I got an hundred roses, the loveliest there be,
From the white rose vine and the pink rose bush and from the red rose tree.

But when I took my posy and laid it at His feet
I found He had His roses a million times more sweet.

There was a scarlet blossom upon each foot and hand,
And a great pink rose bloomed from His side for the healing of the land.

Now of this fair and awful King there is this marvel told,
That He wears a crown of linked thorns instead of one of gold.

Where there are thorns are roses, and I saw a line of red,
A little wreath of roses around His radiant head.

A red rose is His Sacred Heart, a white rose is His face,
And His breath has turned the barren world to a rich and flowery place.

He is the Rose of Sharon, His gardener am I,
And I shall drink His fragrance in Heaven when I die.


Used in this layout:

  • DecoArt Americana Photo Transfer Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Primary Magenta / Hansa Yellow Light / Green Gold / Yellow Green Light
  • DecoArt Media White Gesso
  • Posca Pen (1M)

Photo taken from RHS magazine, and apologies to the literary aficionados for my editorial decision to miss out the penultimate verse as I was running out of space. I did consider outlining each letter with a fineliner, but sense won out, and I quite like the way the text fades into the background and that you have to work to read it.


2 thoughts on “Art Journal Page: Easter Roses

  1. Christ the Lord has risen today hallelujah. Wonderful reminder Neil.

  2. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

    Thank you for sharing this very moving and beautiful poem, which I have saved. Your interpretation of it on your art journal page is absolutely lovely.

    May God bless you, Neil, and have a blessed and happy Easter.


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