Monday, March 16, 2009

IF: Legendary

The Beatles. The most legendary band of all time. And when I hear them, I think of my Dad and how much he loved them. We used to play their records and sing their songs together. . . particularly "Yellow Submarine". I remember the first time I saw the cartoon I was absolutely memorized and confused at the same time and I loved it! If it wasn't for my Dad, I don't think I would be the music enthusiast that I am today.

April 16th will be 2 years since he passed away at the young age of 58 from cancer. My favorite way to remember him is to listen to the Beatles. I can almost hear him singing to me.

A year ago, I posted another entry of a sketch I did in his memory of portholes. My Dad was a very skilled carpenter and participated in the construction of the new Dolphin Wing at the Baltimore Aquarium. Particularly the portholes, which he constructed on his own and was very proud of them. My husband asked me if that's why I decided to do an illustration of the Beatles looking out submarine portholes. It must have been completely subliminal!

Maybe this year I'll visit the aquarium again and sketch them from the inside.

10 comments:

Björnik said...

Hi Cynthia, I'm sorry to hear about your father. He must be very proud of you when he passed away. This song is a good way to remember him by, so catchy that even children could sing along.:) By the way I never thought that portholes were manually made...

And nice illustration, the beatles will also be proud of this.;)

life without novacaine said...

Really nice drawings Cynthia! Your tale to go along with it is very touching. Thank you for sharing.

Ria said...

Oh, so touching. Love your work here. And of course, very clever theme for this week topic. Have a good day!

Joan M. Mas said...

It has always been one of my favourite animation films... and my son’s too!! Your version is nice, too, and a good reminder.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Cynthia!!!!

this piece is perfect....you are amazing.....It is wonderful what music can do for us...the memories...the people that we remember when we hear a song....

Your Dad is with you each and every day and I am sure he loves this illustration and is ever so proud of you!!!

You are so sweet and this is a great post...thanks for sharing it with us....

Bless your heart!!!

Hugs
Diana

Mark Cavell said...

Wonderful illo and a fine tribute.

Nathanael Lark said...

Wonderful illo! The likeness of each Beatle is perfect and you've chosen the perfect style for this. Thank you for sharing your story about your father as well. I send you my very best.

Nathanael

ArtSparker said...

Lovely portraits.

Heather said...

Neat post to memorialize your father. Cultural icons are interesting. It is sobering when my young children ask with confusion "Why are they called Beatles?"

Dawn said...

Very cute! And I have the free member passes for you me and Chrissy to go any time you want.