Well, we took a train to Kensington
And listened to the children run
Just beyond the garden gate
Where Peter and Wendy played
There was a sign that said we weren’t allowed
To duck inside and join the crowd
Without a son or daughter’s hand
To lead us into Neverland
And it hurt so bad
But it’s so good to be young
And I don’t want to go back
I just want to go on and on and on
Day by day
–“Day by Day” by Andrew Peterson
The idea for this piece sparked in my mind after listening to these lyrics for probably the millionth time. “Day by Day” has been playing in my house since it was released seven years ago. I remember always loving the Neverland line, but I didn’t understand it when I was little. I do now, and this drawing came out of that.
The tools I used were Copic markers and a minimal amount of colored pencils. I wanted to create a rich and almost magical background to allude to Neverland. I did this by layering and blending different greens and generously applying bright gold on top. Then I layered brightly colored pencils over that. I outlined the man with my Copic multi-liner pens, then filled him in with color. To give his skin more texture, I did faint cross-hatching with a light brown pencil.
We can all resonate with the emotion and story this picture portrays. But if we follow Christ, we needn’t fear growing old or dying, because God’s grace saves us. We know that we will celebrate eternity with Him.
Christine Eaton is a student attending Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California who loves stories and art. She can usually be found happily sipping tea, pouring over her studies in literature, education, philosophy, caving into her chocolate addiction, or listening to music. Art is one of her largest passions, and her walls are covered in her sketches and paintings. She has a strong admiration for the prose of A.S. Peterson, Marilynne Robinson, Wendell Berry, Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, and Sandra Cisneros.
Christine is excited to be a part of Story Embers and heading the social media department. She enjoys meeting new people, so feel free to shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make a friend.