Danny Boy – a quick sketch

"Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling..." lyrics by Fred Weatherly, an English lawyer. The song was written in 1910.

"Danny Boy", Mixed media in sketchbook

"Danny Boy", 9 X !2, (mixed media) charcoal and pastel pencils in Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook.

When this portrait was done, I had to think about how I got to this place this afternoon.

Having finished another portrait earlier in the day, I still had some time to work on something and decided it would be a pastel portrait of a little boy.

It is unrefined and I am ok with that. I only spent an hour on it.

But as I was working on this sketch, I kept thinking of my brother when he was young. He had curly dark hair much like this boy. And he so often got into trouble, and this little boy has a mischievous look I think.

Had I known I was going to travel this path, I might have searched through old albums to find a photo from long ago in order to achieve a close resemblance. But since I had only given myself an hour, I wasn't going to spend it searching through old albums.

As I finished the portrait, one of my mother's favourite songs became a brain worm...and I had to look up the lyrics to the tune she loved so much...those lyrics sent me into a funk, especially the closing words.

I will let you find the lyrics if you are unfamiliar with them. They have an added meaning now that mom is no longer with us. I need a glass of wine and a Kleenex.

What songs have a special meaning for you?

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