Life is easier than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable. ~Kathleen Norris
I’m following the Inktober prompts that my Facebook Zentangle group, Tangle All Around, is using. The pattern below, Your Call, was designed by Alice Hendon.
The French post-impressionist painter Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was largely self-taught and thought of by his contemporaries as primitive in style.
As a young student, he received mostly mediocre grades, but won prizes for drawing and music. He had a very brief legal services career, followed by four years in the army. After his father’s death, he moved back to Paris so he could help support his mother as a tax collector. He married, and he and his wife had six children, only one of whom survived infancy. Ten years after his first wife passed away, he married again.
In his early forties, he began painting seriously. By age 49, he retired from his day job and began painting full-time, supplementing his small pension with odd jobs and playing his violin in the street. (Click on the smaller images to enlarge and read the captions.)
His paintings had a dream-like quality to them. He is best known for his exotic jungle scenes.
In March of 1910, he developed an inflammation in his leg, which he neglected. By August, he had gangrene; a post-operative blood clot killed him.
Things that are White
All kinds of good stuff.
- Basel, Switzerland. Or Basel, France. Or Basel, Germany.
- A watercolorist’s process. Her roses are amazing.
- Beautiful paintings.
- Following an obsession with Magritte.
- You know God is capable of giving you a miracle, but it doesn’t happen. How do you respond to that?
- How to be smarter.
- I wish I had a cute little quilting studio like this one.
- The power of a tree to comfort.
- If you follow this blog, you know I’m a fan of Inktober, the drawing challenge that comes around every October. Here’s an article about another participant’s experience from three years ago (but still timely).
- Speaking of challenges, NaNoWriMo is coming up next month. Have you ever wanted to write a novel?
- I don’t really want to be a millionaire, but I think the suggestions in this article could help anyone have a better life.
- I am such a fan of Fair Isle sweaters.