I have artist heroes, one of which is Rembrandt Van Rijn. I love this image of him, because it makes me think that perhaps he found surprise in unexpected places. He may even have been the surprise himself. When he drew this self-portrait he did not yet know of the tragedies that would be coming his way. Even if he’d have know, I think he would have remained true to his calling.
He’s my hero because he painted amazingly well, painted often and even in the midst of all.
The self-portrait sketch of Rembrandt brings to mind one I did of myself (the only one ever done – so far) when we had just returned from three and a half years at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. While there I had opened up two frame shops and a gallery, started an organization for American artists living abroad, and discovered how much I loved photography. Yet ahead lay many adventures.
Oh, my. I’d forgotten all of that. Mr. Rembrandt, see what you’ve gone and done? Now I’m a bit sleepy after travelling at the speed of time through my adventurous life. Perhaps a little nap is in order.