Ode to Daphne/Mythology, graphite sketch

“I stand here on the summit of the mountain. I lift my head and I spread my arms. This, my body and spirit, this is the end of the quest. I wished to know the meaning of all things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction. Neither am I the means to any end others may wish to accomplish. I am not a tool for their use. I am not a servant of their needs. I am not a sacrifice on their alters.”
Ayn Rand

Daphne, Hermes and The Storm of Lake Garda


17 thoughts on “Ode to Daphne/Mythology, graphite sketch

  1. Jeni Johnson September 20, 2012 / 8:50 pm

    Stunning, Verona is inspiring you huh? Almond tree?

    • onestreetshy September 21, 2012 / 1:22 am

      Thank you 🙂 Daphne became a Laurel tree.

  2. gabrielablandy September 21, 2012 / 1:38 am

    I’m just popping off to a yoga class and I know I shall think of this image – it’s so full of strength and freedom!

    • onestreetshy September 21, 2012 / 2:59 am

      And although Daphne was made a tree, she found freedom…interesting. May your Vriksasana take on a whole new meaning today!

  3. Wendell A. Brown September 21, 2012 / 3:19 am

    Very inspiring words that now leaves its life’s essence on my day happily…thanks for sharing, you are well I hope?

    • onestreetshy September 21, 2012 / 3:23 am

      Thank you Wendell. Ayn Rand was quite a woman indeed and although provocative, her words know how to cut to the depths. I thought about you this morning as my father sent me a poem I think you’ll enjoy as it is about God. I’ll send it along when he is finished. All is well and in love with Verona, which will indeed become my future home. 🙂

  4. Vincent Mars September 21, 2012 / 8:11 am

    Don’t you ever color your drawings Jennifer? Or maybe you do, but don’t post those here. 🙂

    • onestreetshy September 21, 2012 / 8:18 am

      I do, however have only posted one here I think. Woman Girl was done in colored charcoal. I also dabble in watercolors and in fact, this piece I am recreating in watercolor. You’ve asked this before, no? You must look for color. I think I look for lines. Charcoal is my first artistic love.

      • Vincent Mars September 21, 2012 / 8:22 am

        I asked out of curiosity. I like them the way they are. Black is probably my favorite color.

        My friend Oliver Colors paints with egg tempera. Have you tried egg tempera on poplar wood panel?

        • onestreetshy September 21, 2012 / 8:33 am

          No, I haven’t. But it sounds fascinating…and temperamental

          • Vincent Mars September 21, 2012 / 8:36 am

            The hens whose eggs are stolen don’t like it though. 🙂

    • onestreetshy September 26, 2012 / 1:52 am

      Thank you. It is indeed for ALL woman

  5. darkjade68 September 26, 2012 / 7:58 am

    Ayn Rand is a Powerful Lady

    Nice Drawing too


  6. Freedomtobe September 27, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Loved this, Jennifer. You are coming into your own in a new way, I see. Congratulations. It is all beautiful.

    • onestreetshy September 28, 2012 / 2:05 am

      It was a picture that drew me….not the other way around. I am sure you understand. Thank you so much for your kind words and for supporting my art and writing.

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