The Road

Last week while looking through the sketchbook in which I found the artwork for my previous post, I came upon a drawing I had forgotten. A few years ago I used the drawing as a starting point for an oil painting. The painting was, in its style, unlike other work I had done.  In the painting, the little bird in the tree has disappeared and the animal on the ground is now walking alone.  

A phrase just came to mind: Alone and the road before me.  I knew I had heard it before somewhere.  Then I remembered the magnificent poetry of Ghassan Zaqtan.  One of his poems is Alone and the River Before Me, translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah in Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me.  That line had morphed into the one that I thought of. 

Here’s the drawing and the painting.

Line drawing by Lily S. May, ©2008

Line drawing by Lily S. May, ©2008

 

Oil Painting by Lily S. May, ©2009

Oil Painting by Lily S. May, ©2009



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