Art General, Culture and Religion, Flight of Horace, illustration, Watercolor


I found my lover in the dawn
Birds chirped as his words flew to me
“Good morning my lovely”
My spirits lifted with the light of the sun
I touched his face and he came alive
“Where are you going today?”
I held him entirely in my hand
“Let’s wander the world together.”
The dove inside me spoke softly
“I’m going to a wonderful place,
Where my heart will be more than happy”
I’m going to be with you.


I was inspired by the poem of the Birdcatcher’s Daughter from the New Kingdom poem (or song) found in the Papyrus Harris 500.  A great source for the Egyptian text of this poem and many others is Love Songs of the New Kingdom and  The Literature of Ancient Egypt.

The Birdcatcher’s Daughter

Advertising, Art General, illustration, Travel Journal, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Watercolor and ink on paper, All rights reserved to Mohammed Shamma

Watercolor and ink on paper, All rights reserved to Mohammed Shamma

Concept illustration that I made for a short story about a girl that responds to an ad about a correspondence art course and ends up on a whirlwind tour around the world.

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Flight of Horace

The sun approached me slowly, reaching out with warm rays of light. Misery took my hand and offered me as the child in loving embrace.

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I’m experimenting with the lettering by adding color to the hieroglyphs using “block” style justification.

In this scene, I’ve placed Horace in a “captive” pose (poses depicting foreign captives) found in the Theban Necropolis (18th Dynasty).  This one in particular, was sketched by E. Prisse d’Avennes (Drawing PL.II.3, Atlas of Egyptian Art).

The sun is based on the Aten, the deified solar disk which was Amenhotep IV’s (Akhenaten) inspiration for the establishing the first monotheistic religion.

Misery Took My Hand