May 28 2010

Stairway To Heaven – #31

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Oh, oh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven

There’s a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
Because you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
Oh, it makes me wonder
Oh, it makes me wonder

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
Oh, it makes me wonder
Oh, it really makes me wonder

And it’s whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll

And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

This originally started out as “The Battle For Evermore,” another song on Led Zeppelin 4, which has been stuck in my head for a few days. But it worked out better as Stairway To Heaven, which everyone in the world has heard, unless you’ve been under a rock for the last 35 or so years. Kind of a fitting piece this week after watching the series finale of Lost. I’ve even got a bit of smoke as a tribute. :)

Photo credits:
StairwayJascha Hoste
WoodsDane VanderLee
Smokeloader123
StarsCherice Montgomery


May 21 2010

Octopus’s Garden – #30

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’s garden in the shade

I’d ask my friends to come and see
An octopus’s garden with me
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’s garden near a cave

We would sing and dance around
Because we know we can’t be found
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade

We would shout and swim about
The coral that lies beneath the waves
(Lies beneath the ocean waves)
Oh what joy for every girl and boy
Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe
(Happy and they’re safe)

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden with you
In an octopus’s garden with you
In an octopus’s garden with you

When I was nearing the end of my college degree in illustration, I decided I wanted to be a marine illustrator, and live in Florida or someplace like that – close to the ocean. That never happened, but I still hope to live by the sea one day. Until last year I was only two hours away from the ocean, but now I am landlocked in the Rocky Mountains. I love where I am, but I miss being close enough to drive on a weekend to the beach.

This piece is based on Octopus’s Garden by The Beatles.

Photo credits:
ForegroundRichard Styles
GardenClaudia Meyer
TextureKonrad Mostert
TextureNeil Hoskins
TextureIrina Naumets
TextureWimzz
TextureQuentin Houyoux


May 12 2010

Halloween – #29

Hey little dreamer’s eyes open and staring up at me
Oh little lonely eyes open and radiant

Wait until I come and I will steal you
Wait until I come I’ll take your soul
Wait until I come and I will steal you
Wait until I come and I won’t go

Darlin’ dreamin in the night
Shadows on the windows
Lead oh and everyone go
Well leave me on the night
I will give you lightning
I will not relinquish light

Oh little dreamer eyes open and raving here

Wait until I come and see you little girl
When we come I’ll leave with you too
When we come I’ll let you come low

Hey we’ll leave it all behind
Oh and then the nightmares
I’ll fill them in good time
Oh they will seat your mind
When the light hits
And you maybe’ll ask me

Why do you run around here
Why do you come inside of me
Why does it rip me out in dream
Why then why then watch this little ****

Going away

Why this lonely
Why this lonely
Why this lonely love

Why this lonely
Why this lonely
Why this lonely love

Halloween
Carry on
Bury all
Bury all
Bury all
Bury all
Bury all

And in this dream
Tell us are you satisfied with *******

Don’t walk away
Don’t walk away
Don’t walk away
I’m talking to you

Love is hell
Love is hell
Love is hell
Love this I’ll tame you

Love
Love
Love
Love this not me here

Love
Love
Love
Love him up to you

This one’s based on the Dave Matthews Band song Halloween.

I really, honestly (!) started this piece out as a happy, tranquil piece based on the song Shambala by Three Dog Night. And then, well….it just started to go south. :)

The “darker” pieces seem to come easier to me. I had a watercolor professor in college, and at the time I was doing a series of graveyard paintings in her class. She asked me if “everything was ok with me.” I laughed and told her I was fine, but I suppose that she did the proper thing in asking. I’ve just always liked doing darker pieces.

Photo credits:
EyeGuillaume Riesen
Treekoetsy18
TextureLaura Morariu
TextureCarole Nickerson
Texturethispe
TextureLuca Sorin
TextureG Schouten de Jel
TextureJulia Starr


May 7 2010

Illustration Friday – Fearless (Riders On The Storm – #28)

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone, an actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

There’s a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin’ like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If you give this man a ride sweet family will die
Killer on the road, yeah

Girl, you gotta love your man
Girl, you gotta love your man
Take him by the hand
Make him understand
The world on you depends, our life will never end
Gotta love your man, yeah

Riders on the storm, riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone, an actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm

This week’s Illustration Friday theme is Fearless. I chose Riders On The Storm by The Doors to illustrate this. This song always reminds me of a storm in the desert for some reason. When I think of the song, I never actually think of riders on the storm – it’s always the “killer on the road” part. So I decided to take an angle on the lyrics that I normally wouldn’t have done.

Supposedly this song was the inspiration for the movie The Hitcher…I can see that. The song Riders On The Storm was inspired by the old song Ghost Riders In The Sky, which also inspired the comic Ghost Rider. See how everything’s connected? :)

Photo credits:
RidersColin Brough
StormStephen Bush
TextureJulia Starr