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