“We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies.”
– Etty Hillesum
A Happy Old Orange Truck – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie
I painted this from a photo by rue d’oak from the WetCanvas Reference Image Library. It was actually rust and green and it was in a city environment without the hay in the back. I like this way better, but I’m grateful for the WetCanvas RIL for the inspiration.
About Etty Hillesum
Etty Hillesum, less famous than her contemporary, Anne Frank, lived a short life of great courage. She was born in 1914 in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and a Russian mother. She studied law, Slavic languages, and psychology. Hungry for knowledge, she cut down on food in order to buy books. She went voluntarily to the Westerbork camp to help fellow Jews interned by the Nazis. Her letters detail her experiences; her more meditative diary focuses on issues of faith. She died at Auschwitz in 1943.