Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Scarlet Solitude (The Poem and The Painting), Oil on Board, 16" x 20", 2011

Scarlet Solitude.

Look deep into my eyes
there's no surprise

Look right across my face
It's deprived of grace

I am human
what about you?

I ain't no prisoner
from the zoo!

Look at me, don't try to hide
Look, man, I have lost my pride.

The latest developments have made me weep
All their promises they never keep.

What's this life all about?
Why am I here?

Should I laugh and smile
or just shed a tear?

Listen to me, just for this once
I could be your brother, I am no dunce.

Ok, you you hate me, fair, that's fine,
I'll bear no grudges, I am no deadly swine.

Finally let me just say one thing to you
you could have been me and I could have been you....

Think about it...

-@Adebanji Alade

To see how I went about painting this face purely from a sketch, click HERE

"Sometimes the most godly thing we can do is take a day off"-Max Lucado from his book-"When God Whispers your name"


Vinayak Deshmukh said...

Wow! What a painting really. Thanks also for sharing the painting process.
Your poems are always beautiful and so full of meaning and substance. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes Adebanji,

adebanji said...

Thanks Deshmukh!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous work combined with strong words: one powerful combination!

adebanji said...

Thanks Sheona!

Azra said...

The poem says to me that we should not be so judgemental when looking at someone down on their luck.There is a very fine line between fortune and misfortune.The portrait is fabulous especially the hair,so full of life!

adebanji said...

Thanks Azra! Exactly! You got that part of it spot on but there's even more to it!

Azra said...

I've read the poem again and I see more and more into it.How clever and deep you are Adebanji!

adebanji said...

Thanks Azra! Isn't it amazing how a face can tell a story!

Marius Barbu said...

"For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." 1 Samuel 16.7

adebanji said...

Marius- that comment is powerful!!!!! It encapsulates the poem far beyond my comprehension! Thanks for lighting up my mind!

Vee (Scratch) said...

I absolutely love this painting!

adebanji said...

Thanks Vee!