Final for SoJie 13 – digital artist John Poon – Set Your Controls For The Heart Of The Sun. Oil on canvas.
When I first looked at John’s digital artwork the bullrush in the front bothered me. After thinking about it a lot, reading about Johnathan Livingston Seagull (who was the inspiration for his work), using the links he so thoughtfully provided for me, I came to the following conclusion:

The single bullrush symbolises the loneliness he felt after his expulsion from his flock, because they did not understand his passion for flying. But out of his loneliness comes the seeds of flight, and the seeds soars into the sky, flying higher and higher, wild in the wind. The seeds changes into seagulls, who “set their controls for the heart of the sun” – the title of John’s digital artwork.

This small lesson can also be applied to people…..

This translation was Plan A, but i got sidetracked along the way. I tried using words, but in the end I realised that art comes from the heart, little seeds that flies in the wind, growing in strange places, and finding a home in Red Bubble!


oil painting, seagull, bullrush, seeds, flight, angel


  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaalmost 3 years ago

    You have done a beautiful job! Well done

  • Thank you Dianne, I appreciate your comments!

    – Antionette

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 3 years ago

    Your oil looks great Antionette, really beautiful. Love the gull and how you keep to the darks and lights. Beautiful translation of John’s work.

  • Thanks Frannie!!

    – Antionette

  • Qnita
    Qnitaalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely as always!!

  • Thanks ’Nita

    – Antionette

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 3 years ago

    Beutiful. I was so tempted to do this nut you have done a wonderful job.

  • Thanks Sue! I put a lot of thought into this, and enjoyed the translation tremendously!

    – Antionette

  • marens
    marensalmost 3 years ago

    superb work Antionette – really beautiful!!!

  • Thanks so much, I appreciate your lovely comments!

    – Antionette

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 3 years ago

    How lovely this interpretation of John Poon’s work…congratulations Antoinette…

  • Thank you for the lovely comments Janis!

    – Antionette

  • Elena Oleniuc
    Elena Oleniucalmost 3 years ago

    Superb artwork, Antionette ! Love your interpretation, beautiful tones !

  • Thank you for your comments Elena, I appreciate it!

    – Antionette

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful translation Antionette!! I see your Angel in the center!!
    Lovely!! :)

  • Thanks Keith, yes, the angel is an added bonus!

    – Antionette

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 3 years ago

    Nice translation, love hte monochromatic scheme.

  • Thanks Cindy, John’s digital artwork looked so beautiful in monochrome that I did not want to change it!

    – Antionette

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeealmost 3 years ago

    This is gorgeous, Antionette! You did such a lovely rendition. Congratulations to you and John.

  • Thanks so much, I appreciate your lovely comments!

    – Antionette

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