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Aug. 20, 19 | 5:35 pm

Well-known Palestinian painter Farouk Jalal who is suffering from chronic leg swelling and other illnesses has discovered a new way to ease his pain and take a break from the annoying pain-killers.

So he grabbed his pencil, sat at his easel and started to create what he describes as a “stunningly beautiful” woman.

The 77-year-old painter sometimes does not take his usual pain killers when he embarks on a painting project and once his mind is engrossed in such a creation, he no longer feels the pain.

When he finished that drawing, the woman really looked stunning although he did not say how he thought of putting a mole on her chin.

The woman was purely his “creation and imagination” but he says she represents all beautiful women. Unlike the famous “Mona Lisa” painting, this woman had bigger lips, wore a scarf, large earrings and a necklace.

The painter, who lives in Germany, appears to have imagined her from the left side unlike the Mona Lisa which looks straight at its viewers.

“When I feel the pain in my legs, I wanted to escape it without swallowing pain killers….so I tried to depend on my pencil to forget the main….this art work has been done with much pain but I really did not feel it while drawing,” Farouk said.

Farouk, nicknamed Abu Jalal, said he keeps imagining that the woman he had just created does exist although he never met her.

“If you meet her, try to ask her if she knows me….certainly she will say she never met me… but I can tell you that her beauty is not strange or unfamiliar….she represents all beautiful women who I know or whom I have seen…..I advise all women to be happy with themselves because this is beauty, which will be reflected on them face every morning….just try it and see.”

Farouk was born in Miroun village near the town of Safad in Upper Jaleeli in Northern Palestine. He was expelled from his home along with family and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948.

Farouk is married with several children and grandchildren. He has staged many art shows in Lebanon and other countries and most of his paintings illustrate his nostalgic feelings and love of his birthplace.
The painter, who has moved from one place to another before settling in Germany, appears to have fallen in love with the woman he had created.

“She is a woman with stunning beauty as her looks tell everyone….love and warmth are flooding out of her lips and her eyes are so beautiful that they look like two stars glittering in the darkness,” he said.

“It is a mixture of my feelings and my memory to all of them… I have great respect for each woman who knows how to respect her beauty and does not expose herself in the bazaar as a cheap item…a woman should not act cheaply…imagination sharpens my talent to create this art work while my pen exchanges love with a white sheet of paper..…on my bed at home or hospital, she makes me forget all the pain of my broken leg…this is true art.”

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