This highly textured painting is inspired by Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. It is such a rich source of creative inspiration with its wonderful descriptions of bravery, struggle and intelligence. Odysseus is on his ten year struggle to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. He has many adventures before finally reaching home. Constantine Cavafy’s wonderful poem "Ithaca," about the importance of experience, is a further source of inspiration for the paintings. The poem speaks of the importance of the journey in forming your character, for that gives you experience and makes you what you are. The journey being more significant than the destination - a metaphor. The title comes from Bruce Springsteen's song on the album "The Ghost of Tom Joad." It was playing whilst the painting was being made. The well known saying made me think of Odysseus who was no sleeping dog! I like the implication that life is about getting on and “doing.” The painting gives the feeling of a journey across the canvas and the heat of the Aegean.
canvas, acrylic paint, gravel