My dad passed away 11 months ago in cancer. When I was a kid we used to talk about traveling together. Just me and him. But I grew up and we never did. All my life I have been disappointed that he never made any real time for me. But then he made a promise. Actually we promised eachother. As soon as we both had the time we were going to Canada. Climb mountains together. Canoeing rivers in the forest.
But he got sick. The cancer in the spinal cord made his legs paralyzed and he had to use a wheelchair. The future was very uncertain. We didnt know if he was going to live or die. But my dad knew. He was going to live. He looked at me from his wheelchair, promised that he was going to get through it and as soon as he got better we were going to do it. Have an adventure together. I jokingly said that he wouldn't need his legs for canoeing rivers. We shook hands on it. The time before his death was the most horrible. As he got worse I couldn't bring myself to bring it up with him again. And then he died.
Ever since that moment I have had this almost unstoppable longing for escape. Thinking a lot about the future. To flee into the unknown. I think about it every day. I have bought a motorcycle capable of traveling the world. Soon I have a drivers license, and Im about to make the journey of my life.
I painted this piece about 2 months ago. I painted myself holding the hand of my future son and our favourite pet dog. Escaping together. At least thats what I thought it was. It wasnt until far later when I looked at it again and everything became clear to me... What really made me paint it in the first place.
The tall guy is my dad. The little boy is me following him, as he makes his journey to the afterlife. Into death. Finally having that adventure we promised eachother. The dog is just a happy spirit, telling us that everything will be OK.
How I painted this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybJtWG…
Your picture is absolutely breathtaking and totally explains your feelings and deep love for your dad
One of my new favorites. Bless your heart. Take care.
And remember that a person only really dies when no one remembers him. As long as you remember someone, his soul stays alive. Forever.
Really touching story man, thanks for sharing!
this short film by Fursy Teyssier has the same feel
also he did this music video - i love the imagery in the last minute - change and freedom
I think you'd really enjoy them. The book and movie are really different, but I'd recommend both.
Also, this is absolutely beautiful!
May your Dad rest in peace. He's certainly very proud of you.
The picture is amazing, I love everything about it... it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.