Thursday, 7 July 2011

Twas brillig

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Lewis Carroll

When you wish to paint creatures of the imagination, I think it helps to let loose yours. A Jabberwock sounds a fearful spiny creature that creeps into nightmares to wreck havoc. I was too scared to paint one so I let it paint itself. I dripped and closed the book with a slam then ran... Look what slithered and slid onto the page while my back was turned. Long may it stay there ... I'm off to sketch a vorpal sword...

For Inspiration Avenue's Poetry challenge (and some experimental art homework).

Makes you wonder how Mr Carroll 'experimented' when he wrote Through the Looking Glass...?


  1. This is so clever and such great fun at the same time. I have no idea what a vorpal sword is so am looking forward to seeing it....x

  2. me too!,, what netty said,, amazing work!

  3. So appropriate and fun to play with paint like Carroll played words.
    Certainly Twas brillig.

  4. Those colors are amazing. I like the bold turquoise, it makes the beast stand out. Love how you wrote around it.

  5. I actually came by way of Paint Party Friday and saw the lovely things you are creating there. It was a great way to introduce me to the colorful bit of poetry that is the IA challenge this week. Very, very creative and fun!

  6. Shiverrrrrrrrr....
    Creepy and cool!

  7. Brilliant and inspired!!! Best-looking Jabberwok I've ever seen.

  8. Just fantastic, this is such a brilliant piece.

  9. Eeeek! It's a terrifying, yet strangely beautiful, Jabberwock!

    Sometimes I'd love to have some of what old Lewis was having...really jump-started the imagination. Good luck with the vorpal sword, whatever that is!

  10. I was hoping someone would do Lewis did him proud I am sure. If not, at least you made this old girl very happy♥♥♥

  11. Wow this took me back - I remember reading this poem at primary school! I love your colourful, drippy, slithery Jabberwock! He is a little scary but he does have beautiful eyes! x

  12. Lisaaaa....fabulous as always..I loved the whole vibe of this..gorgeous art and words to match!!

  13. LOVE your jabberwocky!!! it was the first poem i learnt to recite as a child and has always been a firm favourite!! thank you :)


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