“A man is what he thinks about all day long.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
6″ x 10″ Acrylic on Raw Wood Fairy Door
This was a fun little project. The elements were there already, so all I had to do was paint it and add a few embellishments, like the flip flops, flowers and sun. I made it for a girlfriend who loves all the little outdoor fun things. It is coated with polyurethane to weather proof it. I hope she likes it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is truly the center of the American transcendental movement, setting out most of its ideas and values in a little book, Nature, published in 1836, that represented at least ten years of intense study in philosophy, religion, and literature, and in his First Series of essays.
Born in 1803 to a conservative Unitarian minister, from a long line of ministers, and a quietly devout mother, Waldo–who dropped the “Ralph” in college–was a middle son of whom relatively little was expected. His father died when he was eight, the first of many premature deaths which would shape his life–all three brothers, his first wife at 20, and his older son at 5. Perhaps the most powerful personal influence on him for years was his intellectual, eccentric, and death-obsessed Puritanical aunt, Mary Moody Emerson. Yet Emerson often confessed to an innate optimism, even occasional “silliness.” more….