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The Women's Courtyard: Fantasy Cover 1

I was asked by the publisher of my Urdu translation, The Women's Courtyard, by Khadija Mastur (Aangan), to make a possible cover illustration. I came up with this (without the Urdu excerpt), but they didn't feel that it fit in with the 'look' of their publications, whatever that means. Later, I decided to add in a bit of text from the original Urdu that I thought evoked this scene of women wrapped up in their own little worlds in the courtyard. I've probably made their lives look less drab than described, but I couldn't very well make everything gray.


"The days dragged on and on. Now she wished she could flee. Every single thing in this house had become nightmarish for her. Whenever she entered Granny’s old room, she imagined she could hear her rapid breathing. She saw Abba’s body lying on every single bed in the courtyard and when she set eyes on the metal chair, for some reason she felt she was going mad, and the desire to flee would take hold of her."


Acrylic on wooden panel, 10" x 22".


[Link to buy the translation:]


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Taken on October 30, 2018