Thursday, March 23, 2017

Summer of '42

Charcoal on watercolor paper - 6X6

This is a quick smudgy charcoal to prep for a a journal entry - "Decades" theme.

One of my favorite songs from the 1940s is "I'll Be Seeing You."  It was actually written in the 30's, but my mom told me it became very popular during the war.  I have warm memories of my mom humming this song when I was a little girl - probably why I love it.

Almost everything below was done with a Charpak blender (transfer pen) - washed with a warm tone of watercolor.



And the beautiful song, if you care to listen:   

   



27 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the 1930's and 1940's, Chris, as you probably know, so this post is speaking to me...big time! I love the music, the clothing, the technology, everything from these decades. Your sketch is the bomb!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Yes, we share a love for these things.
      Music is about as close to a time machine as I can get.

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  2. ein wonderful Charcoal picture and a nice music from early times when you thought in the war needed the soldiers to have at least something!
    greetings Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke.
      Music helps soothe he soul in our crazy world - now and back then.

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  3. it is a very nice song and a great page to go with it :) perfect colour and image styles to go with it :)

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  4. Beautiful song and great sketch!

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  5. Oh Chris this is a song I find myself humming too...it is so poignant and beautiful. Your charcoal sketch is superb! Thanks for sharing - love your post friend. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie!
      It really is a beautiful song...

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  6. this pic and the stamp both look very awesome! the song is really sweet :)

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  7. Oh what a lovely post! I've heard this song, though cannot quite remember where...maybe an old movie? It is wonderful and I love that you have such a fabulous memory attached to it. The charcoal drawing is wonderful. Funnily enough I dreamt of a charcoal and watercolor piece just last night. I thought it was odd because I hate working in charcoal due to the mess factor. Hmmm...a sign???? Chris, you inspire!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sherry.
      Your comments are so heartfelt...

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  8. Oh geez...how could you know? All time favorite because it makes me cry in a good way. Does that make sense? I love, love, love this song...it makes me think of people we have loved and lost. Really hit me tonight, my friend..

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    1. I think we are alike in many ways, Laurie. It makes me cry in a good way, too - makes absolute sense.

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  9. What a great sketch and she is very fashionable for the times.
    Vera Lynn made the song very, very popular in England. So many other singers
    sang it and Billie Holiday's version makes me cry. Thanks for "the memories."

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Also love Billie Holiday.

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  10. Love this portrait, made me reminisce. What a lovely idea for your journals!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I was going all over the place - nice to have some direction.

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  11. Your charcoal sketch is gorgeous! Only a few lines and you got out that great portrait!
    I too like old songs!

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    1. Thank you, Rike.
      Yes, I miss that beautiful music.

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  12. I love the sketch! I love the song, too! This is a nice version. I also like Jo Stafford's version. My grandpa, Jim's dad and his stepdad were all in World War II. His stepdad told me the guys used to call her GI Jo. I like that.

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  13. Thanks, Candy. I'm looking forward to listening to GI Jo!

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  14. So few lines, so powerful. Great..........

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