Animation in acrylic, pastel & charcoal on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.
In the time of Homer, Aristeas of Proconnesus, according to Herodotus, left his body in the form of a raven and, in Bacchic rapture, wrote a poem recounting his travels with Apollo. A fragment was supposedly preserved by Longinus in "On the Sublime," written in the 1st Century AD:
"This too we remark in great wonder: men dwell in the water, far from land in the midst of the sea. Unlucky wights they are, for they suffer grievously, with their eyes on the stars but their life amidst the waves. Assuredly, lifting their hands to the gods, many are the prayers which they must make, with entrails sorely tossed."