In the late 1970's and early 80's I did a series of paintings of Lord of the Rings, including portraits of all of the main characters. I was just learning to paint and Vincent van Gogh told me in his Letters and Paintings to focus on painting a head that had mass and substance, and if someone threw it at you it would hurt. Add to that the character of the subject and some of the painter and you have a good portrait. These Lord of the Rings portraits were great for learning that, and I got deeply into the character of each. Frodo starts out as a simple Hobbit, deeper and more thoughtful than most, but still a happy, fun loving Hobbit. Over the course of the Trilogy of the Lord of the Rings, Frodo becomes this deep Christ-like figure by virtue of bearing the Ring of Power to Mordor and Mount Doom. He has suffered the wound of the Ringwraith, the trip through the Mines of Moria, the loss of Gandalf, the Spider, and countless other dangers and hardships. The farther he goes he battles the power of the Ring, the urges to quit and abandon the world to it's fate, and discovers the power of Compassion and Resignation. In the end Frodo is transformed into someone too wise in the ways of this world, who can no longer bear the weight he has borne and sails to the West on the last ship bearing the Elves to a land beyond the sea as Christ ascending to Heaven.
PaulB's Pointillistic/Impressionist original oil paintings of Lord of the Rings and various prints and poster formats of a wide variety of subject matter by the Pointillistic/Impressionist oil painter from landscape/waterscape paintings, dance, sports, portrait, to classical figures, flowers, rock and roll, Brazil, and Lord of the Rings paintings and prints are available for purchase for as little as $24.95 for an 8" x 10" matted print on photo pape. Pointillistic/Impressionist Giclee prints of Lord of the Rings on real canvas or heavy watercolor paper are available. One of a kind Lord of the Rings embellished prints, which are Giclee prints retouched in genuine oil paint by PaulB. Unless noted PaulB's original Pointillistic/Impressionist oil paintiings are oil on canvas. Paul Berenson's pointillistic/Impressionist oil paintings are in privale collections around the world, including the downtown Los Angeles Athletic Club and have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Philharmonic Playbill. PaulB.com also builds websites and PaulB is a member of the LA Web Professionals Group.