Thursday, May 8, 2008

Illustration Friday - Seed

The first thing that popped into my head for this prompt was Seeds of Change. A person can be a seed of a change. As I was painting Barack Obama, the 1963 Bob Dylan song The Times They Are A-Changin' ran through my head:

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.


Alison said...

Wonderful colours - you've really caught the person, the times, the mood - wee done.

Lorie M. said...

wow, this is nice, I bet he'd like to see it! Good job.

caseytoussaint said...

Oh Laurel, you cannot know how good this post makes me feel! At a dinner last night, all the French people were arguing that McCain would be our next president because Americans are stupid. NO! we said - not stupid and not racist either. This is great - I'm going to bookmark it and come back and visit it next time I feel discouraged.

Mike said...

excellent painting, great job.

Laurel Neustadter said...

Thank you!