It all started when I made a mosaic of an owl which was inspired by a watercolor by John James Audubon.

It is a red owl and it made me think of this poem.  The poem doesn’t mention what color the owl is, but this owl
seemed up to the task of playing a starring role.

I realized that I love all of the images in this poem and I am going to illustrate the whole story with mosaics.

The pea-green boat, the piggy-wig, the turkey, the runcible spoon, the Bong-Tree  and the stars above will be fun to design and make as mosaics.

I am setting a goal of two years to finish this project.

In my next post I will introduce you to the red owl and the watercolor that inspired it.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
BY EDWARD LEAR
I
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

II
Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

III
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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