Monday, March 22, 2010

Illustration Friday - Expired/ 'Hello, Can We Meet Again?'


I don't remember too much of my childhood, even though I'd like to believe it still isn't over. However, there remain a few things about it I simply can't forget. I remember the park near my house, it was too big for me; where mum used to go for her evening walk. Me and my cousins would tag along often, fascinated by the swings. There we sat on the lovely green grass and spent hours playing with tiny ladybirds. Most of the time I wondered how anything so small could be so amazingly pretty. Now I spend hours wondering where they all went. I don't see them anymore. Not even in the same park. Vanished.
It took me a while to realize the amount of time that had passed by since I had last seen a sparrow when I saw one the other day. I remember when I was small they would stop by often, bathing in a tiny pool of water, fluffing themselves clean; chirping away to glory.


I'm not going to pretend to be an environmentalist.
I'm not going to go around telling people how to behave with animals.
Extinct is a strong word. They can save it for tigers.
Yet all I'm left with is a few childhood memories and a pencil in my hand.
I'm sad; knowing I don't have a chance to relive the expired; I'd give my all to.

17 comments:

Tanvi Choudhury said...

Lovely work and interpretation! I agree about the sparrows. I miss them too :)

Tomás Serrano said...

But you are young, you are 20!!!! Ha, ha, ha. What would you say when you have 40? Don´t be sad now... wait for then!
Ulti Chhatri, thank you for your kind words.

divya gaitonde said...

what a pity

grethic said...

I really like your picture and the story behind it. Just remember the older you get the more expired time there will be; but better that then the alternative.

Rima Kaur said...

now i'm sad. and nostalgic. you write pretty well too.

happychinchilla said...

Very beautiful piece, and they story is very true and sad.

Art Fan Ako said...

Thankfully your blog helps you remember more recent memories. :) Nice touching illustration. Thanks for your kind words!

Kaveri-on-the-moon said...

The memory's lovely.
Yes, twenty is too young to think of the expired.:)

But the reason why this is my favouritest(and will be,foreverevermore!) of all your work is that its the most meaningful art youve done so far!
Love, your intense and senti fellow artist and friend.

Matteo said...

Wow... Just had a look at ur recent entries. O_O
I'm amazed, man, they are incredible. I particularly love ur sketches... They are the most inspiring and by any meanings 'beautiful' thing I saw in a while.

Keep it up!

Kacey said...

Such a touching and meaningful post. I enjoyed looking at all your work.

jazzlamb said...

Thank you so much , all of you! I'm glad you all liked it. I hardly have any entry too opinionated or personal. The positive response means a lot :')

Francisco Martins said...

Yeah buddy, I know exactly what you mean...I feel the same way. To much have changed for worse around here since I was a kid.
Beautiful illustration though! :)

Arun said...

Lovely post Jassi :) Even i do miss sparrow :(

Emily said...

How sad!... there is truth in the quote you don't know what you've got till it's gone!

Lovely illo to go with it!

Mira said...

this reminds me of a song called summer skin. that illustration made me think about all the rosy stuff we believe in when we're kids. sometimes i wonder if the sparrows are all gone, or is it just that we don't notice them anymore?

Patrick said...

Fantastic piece. The colors and the round shape are beautiful and emotive. Great story too, I appreciated your writing. Thanks for your comment!

Mélanie Allard said...

I love this illustration ! the feeling is in it and no need to say a word, we feel it by looking..

 
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