Saturday, December 13, 2008

THE HANGOVER, 10" x 8", Mixed Media on canvas board, 2008

One of my best stories in the Bible is the story about the Prodigal Son. He stormed out of his dads house to have a life of enjoyment and even though it did go well for him for a while........ then came the hangover. He had a let down after a period of enjoyment. The beautiful part of the story is that, in his hangover state he realized he could still have had a better life with his dad and then he made up his mind and took a good decision to go back home, on his way home his dad was running to meet him and gave him the warmest hug and welcome ever!




This is the inspiration behind Karin Juricks different strokes from different folks. The reference this week was a pair of boots and I hardly knew what to do with them until this week when my little boy plunged his feet into my Timberland boots, when I came back home from work. I thought that would make a good painting for this weeks challenge. So I got him to take different poses with them and then he went into this great pose and that was it!

I have used acrylic, coloured pencil and black/brown Biros for this piece on Winsor and Newton canvas board.

We all find ourselves up and then sometimes down in life, but the beauty of it is- there's always light at the end of the tunnel!

22 comments:

Alice Thompson said...

Absolutely Magical! The story and the painting are so personal. I truly love how you make the DSFDF challenges your own. You keep me on my toes every week.

You really do inspire me Adebanji to try and be more clever and thought provoking.

adebanji said...

Thanks so much Alice! Your comments highly appreciated!

hissnhowl said...

Wonderful Adebanji! I really look forward to your paintings each week. You are so inspiring.

adebanji said...

Thanks! This is really encouraging, just to know we can be of help to one another, even though we are so far from each other.

Jaycee said...

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L...

I especially loved your synopsis of the story of the prodigal son...(I'd love to keep reading little things like this in addition to your sketches).

Thank God for the ability to come out of a hang over state...this really blessed my day! LOL...

Jaycee said...

Oh yeah, I'm going to feature this on my blog, sil vous plait? Permit moi!

adebanji said...

Thanks alot Jaycee! You are permitted to use as you feel inspired, you've made my day too!

artbyakiko said...

This is a wonderful painting! I love everything about it. Great job Adebanji!!

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Love your interpretation and your Biblical reference. Your mostly singular color really heightens the mood and I feel the sympathy for the fellow in the painting.

Carol Feldman said...

Adebanji - what wonderful handing of your biro, pencils and acrylic together. Your work is beautiful, moving and inspiring!

WhyIstheRumAlwaysGone said...

When I saw all those boots cropping up on Karin Jurick's site, I thought, what is Adebanji Alade going to invent this time ? How is he going to surprise us ? Well, this so lovely! It reminds me of an illustration I saw in a fairy-book tale. Your son looks like he's sitting between the huge feet of a giant. Even the orange-golden light suffusing the picture looks enchanted. I also love the depth of the Biblical inspiration behind it... You are a real magician!

Fred Marsh said...

Wonderfully innovative narrative. Love the characte in your sons face. Cant say much more than "Magic"

Lesley Spanos Art said...

Totally awesome in every way! I look forward to your interpretations every week, and up until now, the Cloud Gate was my favorite. But this one eclipses them all.

I'm marveling over the skin tones in the boy's forehead. They're so rich, and pull me right into the eyes and rest of the face.

adebanji said...

Thanks so much Artbyakiko,Fred Marsh, Victoria and Carol!

Also thanks WISTRAG and Lesley Spanos -I really appreciate your indepth analysis, always as ever!

Rob Carey said...

Wonderful sketch, and wonderful story- the prodigal son. God bless your work.

adebanji said...

Thanks a million Rob!

~Mimi~ said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwww you paint???????????????? that's so lovely!!!!!!!

:) love the talent. and loving your blog..came here thru JayCee's. will have a look around.

adebanji said...

Thanks Mimi! Your comments are highly appreciated!

dominique eichi said...

Adebanji, This is so wonderful to see your work with a wonderful message at the same time.
What a great pose too.

adebanji said...

Thanks Dominique!

ablackjamesbond said...

The story is one of my fav too. The part that gets me is where the bible says 'his father saw him from afar off'. Thats just too much for me sometimes. God's love is awesome.

Loved the photo. Gret work u r doing here. First time here, thanks to Jaycee.

adebanji said...

Thanks ABJB!