homage: all we are saying…

April 1, 2008


The Illustration Friday theme this week is “Homage.”

I’d like to pay homage to John Lennon 1940-1980, peace activist, artist, husband, father, Beatle and someone I considered a hero.

In 1969, during the Vietnam War, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held 2, week-long Bed-Ins for Peace, in Amsterdam and Montreal, as a way to non-violently protest the war and promote peace.

There were a lot of people who dismissed him because he thought peace might be a good idea. But there were and still are a lot more of us who agree and still sing his music at the top of our lungs.

by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


27 Responses to “homage: all we are saying…”

  1. jan Says:

    fabulous homage great drawing and wonderful article..peace to you!

  2. andi butler Says:

    This is too wonderful! : ) My older son has two middle names, and one is Lennon…

    a : )

  3. Nancy Lefko Says:

    excellent illustration…

  4. Faruffa Says:

    Great concept, great homage
    Brava Linda!!!

  5. One of my heroes too! It’s a shame he left so soon. Great tribute.
    It’s a wonderful likeness as well.

  6. froggie Says:

    one my heroes as well…just saw the”annie liebowitz” special on pbs. the work she did with john and yoko at their flat, just HOURS before he was killed. it was chilling. this is a great sketch, sketchie! 🙂

  7. snowee Says:

    What a great idea! Incredible drawing too!

  8. Kelly Says:

    My hero too. What the world needs now is.. a little John Lennon. Great drawing!

  9. Beth L Says:

    perfect subject, thanks for keeping the memory and words alive! nice…

  10. artseafartsea Says:

    Very nice thought and of course the drawing is fantastic. Love that song too. U should have it playing in the background.

  11. timafli Says:

    This is very cool piece and very meaningful. I like John Lennon and his idea of PEACE. Thanks.

  12. vandyke Says:

    Wonderful piece of illustration. Touching and funny.

  13. Diana Evans Says:

    Wonderful work on this week’s theme…I love this illustration and the post…



  14. eli Says:

    Fun sketch!

  15. Vicki Says:

    Right on!

  16. Jess Says:

    A lovely drawing and sentiment. I often quote his words to myself, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”

  17. what an amazing singer, what a brilliant drawing.

  18. This is wonderful Linda! I love him too. Ha, ha.. the signs cracked me up!

  19. Angela Says:

    This has always been one of my favorite songs. It has so much depth and meaning. This message is just as strongly needed today as it was then. Maybe one day we’ll get it right?
    Your tribute sketch is wonderful!!

  20. valgalart Says:

    Really perfect! you always get it so right!!! 🙂

  21. leafprobably Says:

    I can’t help but wonder… did they stay in bed the whole time? or did they get up to take a shower occassionally?

  22. studio lolo Says:

    Perfect, perfect tribute. I remember the day he was killed. It was bone chilling to know we’d never hear him live again or to hear the music he had yet to write. What a legacy he’s left though! Wonderful homage Sketch 😉
    I don’t know if you follow American Idol or not. (Shamefully, I do!) Okay, I’m not really ashamed, just old! Anyhoodle, David Archuletta did a fabulous rendition of this song. If I can find it I’ll email it to you!

  23. VisualKaos Says:

    Just awesome. I don’t have to tell you what a fan I am.
    It’s worth mentioning here that John wanted peace but also he wanted some truth. As he said:

    Im sick and tired of hearing things
    From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth

    Ive had enough of reading things
    By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth

    I’m sick to death of seeing things
    From tight-lipped, condescending, mamas little chauvinists
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth now

    Ive had enough of watching scenes
    Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas
    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth

    No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of hope
    Money for dope
    Money for rope

  24. Pickledog Says:

    A wonderful homage to a person who was taken much too soon.

  25. dot Says:

    excellent job on the faces.. and the expressions are great!

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