This drawing is my copycat drawing based on
an original illustration by Sir John Tenniel
and then water-colorized by me.
Some stories are timeless. When you were young, did someone read to you from the classic tale, Alice in Wonderland? Or, did you pick up the book and read the story yourself on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Perhaps you’ve seen one of the many film versions of Alice in Wonderland.
A few years ago, artist Jane Davenport offered an online watercolor painting class, Wonderland. I had no experience with watercolor painting. This seemed like a fun way to get my feet wet.
I also decided to read the book, Alice in Wonderland, from start to finish. I am certain that reading this book in present time, I had greater comprehension than when I read excerpts in the past. That is the thing about some stories, they have the capacity to reveal something new when viewed from a different vantage point of age.
Have you found this to be true?
I wonder what gives a story this timeless quality. As a writer, does one set out with the intention to create a classic tale that spans generations? What do you think?
I believe that a person writes for the love of writing, an inner drive, compelling inspiration, his/her own particular circumstances and the outer stimulus of the times. Add to this their commitment to follow this particular tantalizing muse.
How could Lewis Carroll have imagined that his story would leap across continents and into our present time?
I feel it’s important to note that Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations bonded with Carroll’s words in such a way as to pop the story off the pages. When I think of Alice in Wonderland, I see Sir John Tenniel’s “Alice”.
Note: This classic tale has had many illustrators over time.
The quote below, from Alice in Wonderland, is a popular, often quoted one. Applying this to writing, isn’t it an advantage for a writer to stay open to where the flow of thoughts, words and emotions want to take him/her–that is, not knowing where they want to go? If you have a goal in mind for your writing, how do you react when your writing wants to go in another direction? How can you align with your goal and yet stay open to rerouting?
“Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.
“I don’t know where,” said Alice
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat.