The Odyssey Book Cover
by Pete Forester
Obviously The Odyssey contains a lot of really beautiful, fantastic/al stuff. But whenever I think of The Odyssey I can't help but shake Odysseus' anguish in being away from Penelope, Telemachus and (maybe most importantly) Ithaca. His journey, though filled with many characters, including those who sailed with him, was one of loneliness. Much blood was spilled in those 20 years, but his pain over the unknowable distance home created a type of companion for him. Loneliness is still and deep. I tried to capture Odysseus in my painting and cover.