School of Fish

“We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies.”
– Etty Hillesum

School of Fish

Two 4″ x 4″ Acrylic on Ampersand Panel

This was a fun one to paint.  If you were to relate it to the quote today, each fishie could be a little worry, nibbling away at you.  Have you ever stood in a lake or a stream and felt the fish nibbling on your legs?  It’s weird!  🙂

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.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 10:54:33

    Oh, I remember well the little minnows coming for a nibble. I used to like to look down and see them clustering around. Lived on a lake while growing up and I could lay for longhours on my stomach gazing into the water and watching the fish dart back and forth. Occasionally a crawdad would walk by or a turtle stick its’ little head up. Nice perspectives on your fish grouping, Beth!


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