A World in a Drop of Water, for Illustration Friday

Drop of Water World, 6″ x 9″
Copics, fine liners, gel pen, pencil with digital background

My entry for this week’s Illustration Friday topic “Water” is based on a misquote. Here is the first stanza from “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake:

To see the world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.

The rest has some mighty depressing imagery which has no place at my blog! But you can look it up if you like. Thanks for stopping in!

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29 thoughts on “A World in a Drop of Water, for Illustration Friday

  1. Louise

    Beautiful painting! Funny, as soon as I saw the caption I immediately thought of the William Blake poem, even with it misquoted and before I read what you wrote where you mentioned the poem. There’s a really gorgeous sung version if you look up Bill Douglas’s song titled “Heaven in a Wild Flower”. The lyrics include 2 of Blake’s verses: the one above and another also not-so-depressing one:

    He who binds himself to a joy
    Does the winged life destroy
    He who kisses the joy as it flies
    Lives in eternity’s sunrise.

    Fun painting for a beautiful poem!

  2. hedwig

    What different colors in this underwater world! I see not only a world, but a whole story too. This is the room of two mermaid girls. The octopus is their favourite pet. Little fishes are just allways there. But why are they confined in this drop, anxiously searching for a way out? Are they kidnapped by the mad sea witch, or just grounded for an hour or so by a grumpy daddy?

  3. clara nilles

    A magical monochromatic world within a world…..a mystical underwater garden filled with mystical creatures, water angels, spirits, and sea castles……an absolutely wonderful fairy tale……this is pure miniature magic!!

  4. angel

    Ahh, he’s a great octopus!
    Just laying back, checking out all the activity.
    Love the colors you chose.
    Wonderful illustration!

  5. Marit

    Love the concept :-) When I was a child I heard a story about a woman who had a vision of “Life the Universe and Everything” when she stopped to admire a beautiful raindrop whilst walking in the forest. I wonder if there were mermaids in her vision…
    Good work :-)

  6. Bella Sinclair

    Love it, love it, love it!!! What a great concept, and I’m just nuts over that octopus lying on what looks like a massage bed. Relaaaaaaax. :D

  7. Laura Beth

    This is wonderful! It captures my favorite movie quote of all time:
    “Anything strange and wonderful?”
    “Why do you always ask that?”
    “I don’t know. It’s sort of a wish.”
    “A wish?”
    “That something strange, or wonderful, might happen.”

    Congrats on creating something beautifully strange and wonderful!

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