Today's piece is tentatively titled Falling. This painting depicts a scene from one of Hawa's nightmares. As you might have noticed by now, many of our artworks focus on nightmares or dreams the characters experience. We are working out the narrative specifics for this device and how it may be eventually executed in the written novel. But as we explore these ideas, many take root as powerful visuals we wish to explore in painted form. So while some of the specific scenes or dream sequences may not even appear in the finished novel, we are happy to share the whole of our journey into The Leopard Sun with you.
For this piece we visit Hawa whom was made a monster by the world. As with most who live to see their hope corrupted, he wasn't always cruel and he was never meant to be. He is therefore plagued incessantly by guilt over his actions.
In this dream, he sees himself returning to the familiar sight of the tree of his youth. He hears the sonorous voices of his daughters Tahaya and Jowana and his spouse Ruya. Yet try as he might to approach the tree, the grassland mires him, turning into a morass of quicksand and at last the swallow of unbroken dark sea. Beneath the surface the storm within becomes apparent and consumes him.
He wakes, knowing he can never return, for place he left behind no longer has a place for him.
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