My Bead Journal Project for April celebrates the 50th anniversary of the making of the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird. The book, by Harper Lee, is one of a handful of novels I read at least once every decade. And I never tire of watching the movie. Who hasn’t fought back tears when, in the famous courtroom scene, Reverend Sykes says to Scout, “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin'.” Referring, of course, to Atticus Finch/Gregory Peck, just about the greatest fictional father of all time.
I’ve included some of my favorite images from the story in this piece – a mockingbird wing, picket fence, a tire swing mid-flight. In keeping with the black-and-white film, I’ve kept my colors to muted blacks, blues and grays, warming the palette up just a bit with the purple trail that wanders through the piece just like Harper Lee's words have woven their way through my life.