"Yavanna: Queen of the Earth, Giver of the Fruits", watercolor on paper.
Yavanna has been a dear character to me since reading the Silmarillion for a class project almost 10 years ago. She is one of the Valor, a creator being of Middle Earth, in charge of the care of all things that grow.
I've made several attempts already to illustrate her and this is the third. I have a feeling I will continue to illustrate her for years to come because to me she represents the wild creative. For her, anything is possible and that's a rather intimidating task as an artist. As I continue to grow artistically, so will my idea of her.
Yavanna is now up for bidding at this month's Changeling Artist Collective Auction! Please visit: http://tinyurl.com/thereandbackagain2 for more information!