Sean designed this mosaic and made it from stained glass when he was around 10, I think … it’s been hanging on my office wall ever since. It was too large to scan in one go, and some of the colours haven’t come out perfectly, but never mind.
He wrote a poem to go with it.
by Seán O’Brien
Sometimes I just wish I could get away from it all
I wish I could get away from the modern day rush
Sometimes I just wish I could get a plane to … PARADISE!!!
10 responses to “Paradise”
“Sun arise, come with the dawning, spreading all the light all around”.
It’s a lovely mosaic, Brendano. Quite exceptional artistry for a boy of ten. Was he inspired by his mother’s work?
The poem is amusing; his life seems to have been a long way away from the dehumanizing modern rush!
Thanks very much, Cymbeline … probably inspired by his mum, yes. Pauline used to have bits of glass left over from her stained-glass work, and we would sometimes do mosaics … I even did one myself (not very good). Susanna did a very large and spectacular octopus. Pauline did art workshops for children in the local museum and other places.
Sean had a vivid imagination … as you surmise, his life entailed no ‘rush’ whatsoever. 🙂
Sean knew that Paradise is right here, right now.
Yes, I certainly have that feeling about your son, even though I never knew him.
Quite a lovely piece of art. Love the colours. And the poem is super too. A true artist’s soul Sean had!
Hello Shermeen … thanks very much. I’m not sure that Sean put much effort into the poem, mind you. 🙂
He was generally good at anything he put his mind to. If he wasn’t good at something, such as the Irish language (at which he was completely useless), it was because he hadn’t put his mind to it.
His greatest gift, I think, was for connecting with people. He was really good at that.
Well, I rather like the poem. It may not rhyme and have a traditional feel, but it carries sentiments that are soulful for a young lad.
Thanks, Shermeen … I’m glad you like it.