Friday, July 07, 2017

Thinking of Lincoln

These days my mind has been on the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. It's hard now to imagine what it must have been like for him and the people of this country, so severely were they separated by region, ideology and emotion. Our first Republican President was the man who once said, "...with malice toward none, with charity for all..." We are so far from his vision today.

These studies of Mr. Lincoln are done in charcoal or sanguine (a natural red chalk). I was thinking of expression as a reflection of inner life, and so drew him as somewhat disheveled and sad, although also having a deep inner well of humor and good will.

One can only hope that his trials and success will continue to be an example.

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