Thursday, March 01, 2007
Datebook the End of February
First, the quote: "Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new lovliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it."
—Helen Hayes (1900-93)
The sketch on March 1st is a sketch of The Sketch of The Creation of Adam leading to the Sistine Chapel painting by none other than Michelangelo. From a trotting horse (as my mentor Sheldon would say) it doesn't look too bad. What an amazing testament to the master's ability that a sketch of his sketch can even begin to approach the actual form of man. It was as if his line was telling me, "this is the way man is assembled. I have studied the assembly of the creature, and you may rely on my accuracy."
I don't begin to claim it is anything but a shadow, but I'm very pleased with it nonetheless.
In the murk of the watercolor wash you might be able to see a sketch of my fellow train commuters. The quote:
"Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature,—if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you,—know that the morning and spring of your life are past. Thus you may feel your pulse." —H.D. Thoreau, journal entry 25-Feb-1959
I have to agree with this in sentiment. However, I'd stake my claim the human spirit lives for much more, so I'd not put my full convictions behind it. It is a hopeful sentiment though.
You got a teaser of the 24th and here's the final outcome. Didn't add much to it, but didn't have the time to do so—or the inspiration either (truth be told).