Turn, Turn, Turn (to Everything There is a Season)

I have had great fun going back to my second childhood and playing around with this image. It started off as a photo of anthurium leaves with yellow stamens which I took after my husband pruned back our indoor plant. Then it sort of took off with a life of its own only I can’t remember every gizmo I poked and prodded!  Be that as it may, I looked at it and heard bells, and then The Byrd’s song: “Turn, Turn, Turn” popped into my mind and that’s the name of this piece of digital art.

The song was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s but the lyrics are actually taken almost verbatim from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, with the words being traditionally ascribed to King Solomon (information from Wikipedia.) The lyrics are printed below the digital art along with a video of The Byrds singing “Turn, Turn, Turn”.  I remember playing this years ago when my much younger neighbour came for a visit, remarked how nice the music was and asked who the band was.  I replied The Byrds whereupon he said: “Who are they?”  Put years on me in a few seconds given how famous the Byrds were in the ‘sixties!

And just as a final word, I have decided to add watermarks to my art from now on, to protect my digital art creations.. All art which is framed and purchased will, of course, not be watermarked. However, I’d like to recommend the programme I used: UMark.  It is incredibly efficient and easy to use plus you get lots of instructions and help. And no, I have no financial incentive or reward for recommending this programme, just that I think it’s pretty nifty.


Turn, Turn, Turn
Turn, Turn, Turn


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

4 thoughts on “Turn, Turn, Turn (to Everything There is a Season)

  1. What an awesome post! I too share stuff (like your tip on UMark) for no other reason than I think it’s nifty and someone else might like it too (usually a book I’m quoting from). And how did I not realize this was a Pete Seeger song? Although as you pointed out, these particular lyrics are from the Bible. Cool. And your art is beautiful, as always. Good for you for putting your name on it. I always celebrate seeing watermarks on creative expressions! For sharing online watermarks are the way to go. Cheers! Gina


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