moonrise…

the rising of the Moon signs the end of day…

I was trying something a bit different with this one – it’s based on a Currier and Ives lithograph but as usual hand drawn on my computer. Since the text of the episode for Albion that this image will accompany is based on Gray’s Elegy, this seemed appropriate. (The image title is the first line of Tom’s pastiche.)

UPDATE: Poem from Tom in the comments reflects the image beautifully! Thanks Tom 🙂

Beyond the edges of the scene
so much more is hidden:
a lowing herd, a village green,
a graveyard and a midden

a man abroad, a castle far,
an elder pile of stone
beneath a distant rising star
with history to atone,

a country church that’s seen the wars
between the sects and Rome
yet still remained, its open doors
a window on a poem.

Behold the poet’s lurking form
within the graveyard’s close
waiting out the dying storm
while the Moon’s arose.

Copyright (C) TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2012 Hilary Farmer

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6 Responses to “moonrise…”

  1. It is cool how you used the computer. I love the vagueness

  2. The texture feels like watercolor on paper. I love it.

  3. Beyond the edges of the scene
    so much more is hidden:
    a lowing herd, a village green,
    a graveyard and a midden

    a man abroad, a castle far,
    an elder pile of stone
    beneath a distant rising star
    with history to atone,

    a country church that’s seen the wars
    between the sects and Rome
    yet still remained, its open doors
    a window on a poem.

    Behold the poet’s lurking form
    within the graveyard’s close
    waiting out the dying storm
    while the Moon’s arose.

    🙂

    Copyright (C) TJ Radcliffe

    Dug up the original lithograph… love the way you’ve referenced it, and the style of this image! I think it’s fascinating how your image tells a complete story without including all the peripheral stuff. Lovely focus on the essential elements.

    • Thank you! Yes, it seemed to me that the essence was within the first line – the rising moon which spells the end of day (in general and in this case the final end of day for one character in particular.) The rest of the stuff might come off as comical and for this scene I wanted a little dignity. Love the way your poem fills in the blanks though!

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