We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

What's my AGE? Impossible!

It's the Craft Barn's Q&L Challenge time again, with the words MARRIAGE and AGE.  There was no contest with these words, as one of my favourite quotes contains the word age.

In fact, I have already used this quote to inspire a canvas - some years ago when I was first exploring mixed media stuff. Go here to see the post.

I just love the Lewis Carroll Alice books, and this quote is from Through the Looking-Glass, when Alice first meets the White Queen.  To put the quote in context:

‘I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.
‘I can’t believe that!’ said Alice.
‘Can’t you?’ the Queen said in a pitying tone.  ‘Try again: draw a long breath and shut your eyes.’
Alice laughed.  ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said: ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’

‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.  There goes the shawl again!’

The brooch had come undone as she spoke, and a sudden gust of wind blew the Queen’s shawl across a little brook.  The Queen spread out her arms again, and went flying after it, and this time she succeeded in catching it for herself.

On watercolour paper I've used Acrylic Inks for the background, dripping them randomly onto already wet paper, in the hope that when dry it would suggest where I went next with it!  Which was some strange giant flowers or tiny people - you decide!

It's good to believe in impossible things!


  1. Little people and dancing flowers is what I see and I like it
    Lynn :)

  2. Great quote and I love your giant flowers!

  3. Fab page! Loving the flowers and little people having a dance under the flowers, so cute. What an interesting quote, made me smile :-) xxx

  4. I really like your page--you illustrated the quote beautifully. I found this challenge a bit harder than the other--almost impossible!

  5. That's a wonderful page, great soft colors and love the happy people.

  6. Excellent page. Love how you have done the people.

  7. Love it and also your previous canvas (the faces are cool). Yes I like to believe in impossible things. Thanks for cheering me up on Wednesday too, much appreciated. I was a bit more inspired the following day. BJ

  8. Love that you believe in the impossible. I think that's the way to look at things at any age!

  9. Love your little people here! and I believe in the impossible too!

  10. What fun, I love you tiny people.

  11. A great piece of art and a fab background.

  12. Love this fabulous page, the flowers and little people, and the passage from Alice Through The Looking-glass.

    Sylv xx

  13. Great page! Love the little people! xx