Loony Bin Art

Quasi una fantasia

Posted in Illustration Friday, Whimsical by johanna on March 15, 2008


Illustration Friday – Homage:  A homage to Beethoven (and The Beatles).

In the background are sheet music pages of Beethoven’s Quasi una Fantasia (Almost a Fantasy), popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata. Mastering this piece on the piano is on my Things-to-do-before-I-die list :-) The words coming out of the gramophone are lyrics from one of my favorite Beatles songs, Across the Universe, which was recently beamed by NASA into Polaris, the North star.


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  1. mark said, on March 15, 2008 at 10:07 am

    i think this is my favorite :)

  2. Catherine said, on March 16, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Beautiful !

  3. valgalart said, on March 16, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    i lOoooOOooove this! :P

  4. Chris Leavens said, on March 16, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    This is excellent! The glow around the bird, the texture of the background, the words flowing from the gramophone, the gramophone itself, the figures flowing along with the words. Really nice.

  5. Alicia Padron said, on March 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Very beautiful :o)

  6. Morning Artist said, on March 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Super! I love your works, I always check in everyday to see what new art you posted. You’re a terrific artist.

  7. AscenderRisesAbove said, on March 19, 2008 at 2:01 am

    lovely sepia work. very nice

  8. Trowbridge Chronicles said, on March 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Wow…a beautiful piece. Your work really stands out. I like your warm browns, and the subtle use of text.

  9. Leanne said, on March 19, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    This is gorgeous! Your work is beautiful!!

  10. Pattie said, on March 21, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Fabulous! It evokes all sorts of emotions for me..
    Thank you for visiting my site…I will be back often!
    Artfully Yours,

  11. Vhrsti said, on March 22, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Admire your new works here!!! You are always great!

  12. johanna said, on March 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    thank you so much for your comments, everybody :-) those are 2 of my favorite songs.

  13. Debbbie Egizio said, on March 22, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    What a lovely and interesting piece!

  14. Nicole said, on March 24, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Very inspired!

  15. sophie philo said, on March 24, 2008 at 10:46 am

    your blog is wonderful and
    i adore your style!

  16. Deb G said, on March 25, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Really like this one!

  17. indigene said, on March 28, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Great Homage! I’ve loved the Beatles since I was a little girl and I remember when their debut! Oops, telling my age! Great Job!


  18. Nancy Lefko said, on March 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    quite lovely….

  19. murphy girl said, on March 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    love it.

  20. temz4 said, on March 28, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Beautiful and deep poetic concept!
    I love so much the texture and the colors.

  21. Teresa said, on March 31, 2008 at 3:02 am

    this is truly wonderful! very nice technique and story!

  22. tusen said, on March 31, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    elegant piece. I like the colour very much.

  23. lil kim said, on April 2, 2008 at 8:18 am

    very very beautiful. love the old world look to it.

  24. rebecca woodward said, on April 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Oooh…What a beautiful piece! I love what you have created here. You have so much talent!!!

  25. Bobo said, on April 3, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Love the ancient looks and every details, beautiful done.

  26. Tina Vaziri said, on April 7, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Gorgeous, I love the glowing bird

  27. johanna said, on April 8, 2008 at 2:44 am

    thanks everybody! :)

  28. Al Garcia said, on May 12, 2008 at 7:53 am

    I love the way you use textures and backgrounds… :-) This one is great!

  29. johanna said, on May 13, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Thanks Al!

  30. amicicide said, on May 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Wow, Thats amazing!

  31. johanna said, on May 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    thanks amicicide :-)

  32. Victoria said, on September 28, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Hello Johanna,
    I found this picture by chance, and have fallen in love. Those songs are two of my personal favorites and I am in a ‘bird’ stage. I was wondering if I could get a copy of this – do you still have it?

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