Longing for Home

“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes …”
Madeleine L’Engle, The Rock that is Higher: Story as Truth

My seated pose by Louise Peabody, gouache and pencil:

6 thoughts on “Longing for Home

  1. Dave says:

    I love both the pose and the resulting work. How long did you hold that pose?

  2. Bill says:

    Odysseus left the beds of two goddesses to risk his life for the chance of returning home.

    P.S. Good work — thank you to both you and the artist for sharing it.

    • artmodel says:


      Love the Odyssey reference! And I’m glad you like Louise’s gouache sketch. It was a very enjoyable session for all.

      Thanks for your comments!


  3. That really is a lovely rendering. Madeleine L’Engle’s quote reminds me of those eternal impressions I receive sometimes when I’m out making photographs in the country for my portfolio.

    • artmodel says:


      Yes, the L’Engle quote really makes one think – about our fleeting daily experiences, and the mysterious pangs of comfort/safety we feel at certain moments. Your photography excursions must elicit many of those for you.

      Thanks for commenting!


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