Erasto by Ray-d

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Erasto (Man of Peace)

Water-colour on Arches Cold-pressed watercolour-Block

16”X 12”

To: Awa Adey Haweeya
Somali Support Centre (USSC)
C/o UNICEF Somalia Support Centre.
P.O. Box 44145-00100
Nairobi, Kenya.

Dear Father, I, your son Erasto, asks for your blessings.

I am sorry for not writing in so long time. I was very busy my father, but now I am safe.

The travel was long and the sacrifices hard and painful.
But now, after 3 years of danger I am here. A place called Malta.

I can send you now money my family.
Mama I miss you, wife I promise I will send for you one day soon
My child I will pray for you always, look at my picture every day so you can recognise me.

I have sent you 50 Euro from my job building stone walls. I will send more next month.
As an illegal refugee I am only paid half the money of the white peoples.
But they are good. They call me ‘Toad’ because I am big, strong and quiet.

They make fun a lot with me and I smile a little.

Please tell Auntie that Korfa and his wife Nadifa have not made it and will not be returning home.

Tell her I have prayed over their souls. I have cried for her also.

Mama I miss you so much.
Bless me Father.

(Characters in this story are purely fictional.)


watercolour, immigrant, fugative

A citizen of the world living predominantly on 3 continents.

Previously a Technical Designer and an Automotive designer.
Live in the European Summer on the island of Malta;
In the Asian Summer in Australia, in the American winter in the United States.

I live free of political intrigue and the need to be a part of a group. Nee nothing more than my computer, pad and paints and the will to explore humans to survive.

Retired in my 50s to find happiness, of which I am blessed.

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  • recycle-me
    recycle-meover 3 years ago

    very strong and emotional painting. very nice.

  • Thank you RM.

    – Ray-d

  • Trudi Hipworth
    Trudi Hipworthover 3 years ago

    Beautiful :)

  • Thank you so very much Trudy. An accompanying very short story is in the “Writing” part of Red Bubble with the same name.

    – Ray-d

  • Sarah Annesley
    Sarah Annesleyover 3 years ago

    stunning use of color

  • Thank you Sannesley. It was a labour of joy doing it.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • Phil
    Philover 3 years ago

    Strong, beautiful work

  • Thank you Philip. So nice of you to comment so nicely.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • Nasko .
    Nasko .over 3 years ago

    Very expressive work, nice colors.

  • Thank you Nasko.
    Thank you for your compliment Sir.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • Carmen Holly
    Carmen Hollyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work. All of your works are fantastic.

  • It is so lovely to have you say that Carmen.
    Thank you so very much.

    – Ray-d

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyover 3 years ago

    Dynamic and beautiful!

  • Two words I love.
    Thank you for titling my work with them Ellen.

    – Ray-d

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyover 3 years ago

    You’re so welcome and worthy of them!

  • :o)

    – Ray-d

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyover 3 years ago


  • MarieG
    MarieGover 3 years ago

    Outstanding…very powerful image! Love the composition and use of negative space. I’m no painter…but this piece is gorgeous and very emotional!

  • Thank you Marie G.
    So nice to have an effect on a person by one’s work.

    – Ray-d

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