Inspiration for this painting came from the song Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel. Originally, the song was from a Scottish ballad dated 1670. It is a dialogue between two lovers, each telling the other to do an impossible task so they can be each other’s true love.
Scarborough is a castle in north Yorkshire, Scotland. During the Middle Ages, artisans from all over England gathered there to market their goods from August 15 to the end of September. The fair ended in 1788 because it was not economically profitable to keep it going.
Parsley symbolizes death, separation, or being cross with someone.
Sage, in celtic lore, represents wisdom and immortality
Rosemary is a symbol of remembrance and is also associated with love, fidelity, and longevity. During the Middle Ages, lovers exchanged rosemary to promise loyalty and faithfulness.
Thyme in the Middle Ages represented affection and deep friendship.