Two things are going on in my mind here.
First is the background. It’s a variation of a photograph of a small garden at the side of my house. When the sunlight hits it just right, the pinks and the greens just glow. I made a different design featuring fairies. After that, I kept coming back to that photograph, trying this effect and that effect, and really liked when this one turned blue. There’s a space there, just right of center, where I feel like I could get lost in this blue garden as if it would take me to a new dimension.
Second is the text. I was finishing junior high school in May of 1972, when Song Sung Blue was released. I thought it was the first I’d ever heard of Neil Diamond. All I really knew was that to me it was a happy little tune that I enjoyed so much, I went out and bought the 45-rpm. In fact, I still have it.
So I think it was a matter of time before the blue garden and the song title and lyrics came together, here. My tribute, I suppose, to my first favorite song by my favorite singer.
“Before you know it, start to feeling good. You simply got no choice.” – Neil Diamond
I decided to review my design textbook and randomly chose the chapter on values. There are exercises at the end of the chapters, so I chose one about depicting a mood using values. I was experimenting with the umbrella shape recently, so it was natural to continue with that idea. This was done with a series of layers, and artistic, color, and lighting effects. The text is from a tune by Neil Diamond, aptly titled Rainy Day Songs.
The West coast is in the midst of a heat wave. Perhaps this will help us to think cooler thoughts, especially those of us in the desert mountains.
“And I keep hearing rainy day songs
Tapping on my window sill
Some that soon won’t be forgotten
Some that probably never will
Say, I know you never did believe in rainbows
But hey, you know the sun is somehow gonna shine
And babe, we only have to look and we can find it
If we want to, if we need to…”
– Rainy Day Songs, Neil Diamond.
I was walking past an apartment complex one morning and happened to notice there was still dew on the lawn. The sun was hitting it just right, so that it looked like tiny sparkling diamonds in the grass. I held that image in my mind, trying to think of how I could recreate that effect. I’m pretty satisfied that this is very close. Once I had the sparkling dew on the grass for a background, adding the butterflies seemed a natural choice.
“And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind” is the title of a Neil Diamond song. As a Neil Diamond fan, that, too, seemed a natural choice.