Illustration Friday- Theory

I have a theory that, sometimes, art needs to sit awhile before it can really sing…

Well, way back when, in my early college days, I took a lot of photography classes. One of them was a mixed media photography class where we made gum prints, sun prints, photo transfers and the like. It was a really fun class. This old print was something I made. It involved some kind of emulsion that was painted onto paper and a large 8 x 10 negative that we developed. This particular print was actually a discard but I kept it anyway in hopes of making something out of it later. Sixteen years later I stumbled across it while looking for other old photos and was immediately sidetracked with the task of finally doing something with it (I really should be doing a million other things right now).


I used water color pencils, water color paint, colored pencils, stamps and ink. It reads:

Sail me on a silver sun where I know that I am free.
Show me that I am everywhere and get me home for tea!

The Beatles, “It’s All Too Much

I think I’m going to frame it and put it in my kitchen, since I love both tea and a good Beatles song.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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15 Responses to Illustration Friday- Theory

  1. strong says:

    hi,
    this is very amazing blog, I was much impressed of this blog.

  2. Robin says:

    Lovely picture! And you can’t go wrong with the Beatles!

  3. melissa says:

    this is wonderful. it must have been so nice to find something you made a long time ago, and realise you still like it!

  4. the creatist says:

    am soo jealous!! n this is soo beautiful!! :D

  5. Ooh love the illustration, and I just happened to be listening to the Beatles in a web cafe in Granada Spain…so had to leave this comment! Keep up the good work.

  6. neilornstein says:

    I love the idea that the original piece was waiting patiently for you to return.

  7. Toni Brown says:

    This reminds me of my internal feelings whenever I travel to Jerome, Arizona — the mood of it, the colors, the song lyric floating beneath/around it … all the same sensations of relaxation, centeredness … very very nice.

  8. Stephanie says:

    I love it and it will go perfect in a kitchen. Seeing your illustrations has really inspired me to start drawing and painting again. Thank you for that!

  9. Regina says:

    This ‘aged’ well – I like what it looked like by itself -and I LOVE what you did with it!

  10. andrea says:

    I loved this after seeing it on flikr and now love it more after reading the story behind it. How cool is this!
    a.

  11. Michelle says:

    I’m loving your watercolor illustrations, they have a lot of depth and are just wonderful!

  12. Teresa says:

    I loved the picture before you painted it – and Wow! is it ever lovely now!

  13. Heather says:

    Love what you did with this! It will look great in your kitchen.

  14. raesha says:

    Beautiful!!! Love it (and I love a good Beatles song too:))

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