My tribute to Robert Burns’ immortal memory ahead of Burns Night on January 25th is a wee set of illustrations of 4 of the best known Robert Burns poems and songs.
I pulled out the 2 lines which, in my opinion, best summed up each of these poems or songs and got to work capturing their essence in simple pen and ink illustrations. I hope you enjoy.
So, whether you’re new to Robert Burns or a returning fan, I encourage you to take a little time out and lose yourself in Rabbie’s passion and imagination.
The issues he tackles in his works feel as relevant and real today as they must have done 250 years ago when he was making his mark.
There are some qualities in Robert Burns’ works which particularly inspire and appeal to my artistic side:
* his heartfelt and bare-faced honesty
* his relaxed and free-flowing humour
* his colourfully vivid creativity and vision
* his choice of simple and everyday subject matter
It’s these qualities which unify his vast body of work and make him so relevant and accessible today. And not just with Scots at home and abroad; he is, after all, regarded as the people’s poet in Russia and has more than 60 statues in his memory dotted across all 4 corners of the world. Not bad for the ‘ploughman poet’ from Alloway in Ayrshire.
However you choose to celebrate Burns Night this year, be sure to put his unrivalled love of brotherhood, romance, nature and honest Scottish food and drink at the heart of your plans.
1759 – 1796
Born January 25th, Alloway, Ayrshire
Scotland’s favourite son