Towel Dude – In Watercolor

“Life must be understood backward; but… it must be lived forwards.”
-Soren Kierkegaard

Towel Dude – 5″ x 10″ Watercolor

As you may have already guessed, this towel creature was from Astrid’s cruise.  It also was white on a white background.  I had fun playing with the light and shadows in pink.  😀

Soren Kierkegaard

Born 5 May 1813, Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was the seventh and youngest child of Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard. Søren’s father, Michael, was retired at the time of his son’s birth, having achieved a relatively comfortable position in his community.

Michael had risen from serfdom to the new merchant class of Europe. Michael had been a shepherd, with little in the way of possessions. Michael’s success came from his work as a wool trader. Having been a shepherd, he had a keen understanding of wool, which he parlayed into success as an exporter. He amassed a fortune quickly, something he considered proof he was cursed… a theme running throughout his life and that of his children. However, Michael did want to use his wealth for good causes and for his family. As part of this new middle class, Michael wanted his sons to attend universities and prove even more successful.

Kierkegaard’s mother was Michael’s second wife, a former maid to the family. This second marriage took a great toll on the religious Michael. He had consumated the relationship with his maid shortly after his first wife died. He believed this act of “weakness” further angered God and increased the punishments he and the Kierkegaard family would experience. Michael never forgave himself — or his second wife — for the transgression.  More of this biography…

Betsy – Frog Painting

“Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forward.”
–Kierkegaard

Betsy – Frog Painting

2.5″ x 3.5″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix ATC

Don’t ask me how I came up with the names for these frogs.  I guess I just got to know a personality, while I was painting them.  Doesn’t she look like a Betsy?  🙂

I love today’s quote.  It came from my little book by Mac Anderson, Charging the Human Battery – 50 Ways to Motivate Yourself.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was born in Copenhagen on May 5, 1813. Both of his parents were of Jutlandish descent. His father, Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard, was raised a shepherd boy. He experienced what is now considered to have been an event seminal for both father and son, considering the influence of the former on the latter. Michael experienced great suffering and loneliness while alone on the heath. One day, while still a child, he cursed God for his hardships. Notwithstanding this, his situation much improved when he turned twelve years of age, at which time he was sent to live with his uncle in Copenhagen. Michael succeeded as a businessman, a hosier. He did so well that he was able to retire when he was only forty years old. He lived quite comfortably until the age of eighty-two, and died in 1838.

Kierkegaard’s mother, Anne, was Michael Kierkegaard’s second wife and gave birth to all of his seven children. Her entrance into the household had been as a servant girl. While Kierkegaard wrote much in his journals about his father, he rarely wrote of his mother. She died in 1834 when Kierkegaard was twenty-one.