Friday, February 26, 2010

You are old, Father William

"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat:
Yet you turned a back somersault in at the door –
Pray, what is the reason of that?"

– You are old, Father William

Robert Southey wrote the original (morally improving) poem, which Alice tries to recite with absurd results. Later today, another verse from the same poem, but in the style of the second series.

14 comments:

Poet in Residence said...

Uncommonly good. Do you know the bookillustrations of Bil Spira?

The Josie Baggley Company said...

Hello there
thankyou for your visit to my bloggy-you're most welcome to drop by anytime!These cut outs you've drawn are fantastic!
I've uploaded pics of a Tenniel painting that I did in my recent post...we're all going Wonderlandwoooozzey-it's GREAT!lol

Rainey

ArtSparker said...

PR- I googled Bil Spira Illustration and found some old engravings of mollusks and sea life which are quite beautiful - is this what you're referring to?

Needle Woven Studio said...

Simply fantastic!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

I love how you get the action into this scene.

Totalfeckineejit said...

I don't believe it! I was just about to recommend the Josie Baggley Compay to you, as I did you to them, and Lo there they are.
Sparkey your drawings are the epitome of splendiferous.And I is totally like that fat fucker that is falling out of the sky to a bruising.Such acrobatics,'tis, no mystery , tis no trick, tis merely a feckin disasterous manifestation of over indulgence.

Ginga Squid said...

Brilliant - fab drawing, you really captured the movement! I love that poem - had forgotten all about it.

Steve said...

I love the sense of movement and reaction in these illustrations.

Clowncar said...

nice!

how didja get father william to hang in the air like that? is there a thread?

Fresca said...

Happy memories:
At my 40th birthday party, everyone brought something to read aloud,
and one friend read this poem for me, which was a hilarious way to celebrate getting old.

ArtSparker said...

Fresca- You must have some wicked cool friends.

Tomás Serrano said...

This is a fantastic combination!

Fresca said...

Kinda like you, ARTS!

Ben the Spider said...

Oh I love that you're doing all of these wonderful pieces on Alice. I just finished reading them both last week so it's very nice to see while they are fresh in my mind.