I just started this new pastel. I love hats. I love people in hats. Everything is roughed in but I spent a little time furthering the face. The left background is going to be dark. The right background is going to be light. Lighter than the hat.
It’s going to be my version of a cowgirl Rembrandt.
If Rembrandt had condescended to paint on velvet he would have been a master at that, too.
Now here’s the quote for the day:
“There’s a point when you intuitively realize that to be free you have to give up your attachment to freedom. You have to quit asking yourself: Is it still there? Am I okay? You have to decide to never look over your shoulder again to see it you’re free or if others know you’re free. You just have to let yourself burn there – no matter what.
This isn’t something I can help you with. I can tell you what you need to do, but you have to do it. In the beginning, teachers can help a lot. But the deeper you go, all they can do is point, and clarify, and tell you what you need to do. Only you can take this step. Nobody can push you into this place.
It’s like Buddha’s final night under the Bodhi tree. What did he do when confronted with this? He reached down and touched the ground and said, “I will not be moved.” Finally – when everything that could be thrown at him was thrown, and he was still unmoved – it was done. He never looked back.”
The Impact of Awakening