It is important that we start each day afresh. Letting go of our past travails is important so that we have the space to welcome new opportunities that come knocking at our doors, so that we have the presence of mind to recognize each of these opportunities and blessings. So here is to learning to let go and watching each of those bitter moments float away.
... I hope to hear that inner voice loud and clear.
I was taking this break in my daily routine on a bench. The sun was shining through the trees and the leaves were an interplay of dark shadows and bright reflections. There were already long shadows indicating that we were already into late summer and the colder, darker days were just around the corner. I took a deep breath and decided to enjoy the warmth of the sun on my skin and the quiet afternoon.
In that moment of stillness, my heart was warm too and I was grateful for everything I have in my life. It is only through gratitude I felt that deep connection to life.
I sketched this during my summer holiday in Austria. I had the time to go to "Antiquariats", which are bookshops selling old books. I found this little art book with a series of etchings by Herwig Zens. I loved his technique and his cross-hatched lines so much that I had to sketch it for myself. This particular series is called the Mummies of Palermo and documents his visit to the caves with the mummies in Palermo.
I did this sketch of my son glinting into the sun on my birthday this year as I turned 51 years old. I wanted to record this happy moment as I had a very leisurely breakfast with my family. Although at that moment we were screened from the happenings that are throwing Europe into a conscientious turmoil now, it does make me wonder now whether we as individuals are failing in our duty to lead by example. What should we be doing now to end the refugee crisis? Where should we make a beginning? How do I show my son I care, because all of us should be!
What are we conveying to our next generation? What am I conveying to my son as he turns 9 years today? Happy Birthday!
I am an artist. I live and work in Berlin.