Three Egyptian (?) women with their children
30" x 24"
oil on canvas, 2011
Part of the painting you may have seen before. This same painting once belonged to Shankar Jaikashan that I did a month ago (see a few blogs down). In the end I didn’t like that painting and I returned it to the landscape it once was. Since I have painted a brand new Shankar Jaikishan and the landscape painting of my backyard now features the three mothers wearing niqab. The image I extracted from a slide show that was put behind the 1930 Misirlou version of Michalis Patrinos on YouTube. I’m not sure whether or not the women in the “time-piece” photograph are Greek. (They probably are Egyptian—the song Misirlou deals with a Greek man who falls in love with an Egyptian girl, Misirlou means literally Egyptian girl. They could also be Turkish—Misirl is a Turkish word.) Either way, whilst most their faces are covered up some breasts are not (I didn’t spot that upon selecting the image but only during the process of painting it.)