Unexpected Departure, painting of a man and a raven bird standing on stone floating in the sky, art about 9-11, september 11, world trade center,ruble, art with raven crow blackbird, death, sudden, afterlife, trompe l'oeil,soulful uplifting inspirational art, soul stirring illusion art, romantic art, painting of clouds, surrealism, surreal art, dreamlike imagery, fanciful art, fantasy art, dreamscape visual, metaphysical art, spiritual painting, metaphysical painting, spiritual art, whimsical art, whimsy art, dream art, fantastic realism art, limited edition giclee, signed art print, fine art reproduction, original magic realism oil painting by Paul Bond

An idea created partly in response to the events of 9/11. I was considering the manner in which so many died on that day, and wondering: is it possible that a person can depart the physical plane so suddenly, that it may be unaware of the transition? In this painting, the man is standing on a rock which symbolizes the earth, and also the building’s ruble. He is holding onto a rope which represents his connection to life. He expects it to reach to the earth/physical plane. Instead, it circles back out of his view into the beak of the raven. Which throughout my work symbolize messengers from other dimensions and keepers of the mystery. The rope then disappears into an unseen dimension as the raven ferries the man into the next life.

Unexpected Departure

48 x 40 - Oil On Panel - Sold, Private Collection