Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.),
Spiral rings removed after the scan, and hand written text replaced with digital:
I knew I'd be doing some variant of a Djed pillar when I chose the theme "Enduring in the Desert for the theme of this year's sketchbook drawings: |
When I was feeling somewhat sickly and lying on the couch watching "Christmas at Yellowstone", which aired on PBS, one of the narrator's words seemed spoken extra loud, and meant for me. She spoke of how the animals must gather their fortitude to ENDURE the winter there. Winter in the desert is a relatively mild experience, but there are the summers desert dwellers experience.
However, the word ENDURE stood out in a different way. It seems a natural evolution from last year's theme, "Set is in his Desert". One can consider the desert to be a place of solitude or of desolation. The difference of perception probably depends more on one's internal landscape.
One's own internal landscape may at times feel as though it is full of the harshest weather and geographic conditions. How do we gain the strength to overcome these situations?
That is what I hope to explore this year.
When I did this drawing back in January, I didn't know whether or not a Djed has ever grasped a Was scepter, and only knew they certainly appear besides the Was scepter, in great abundance. But since then, I've learned of a beautiful example in Nefertari's tomb, which I've also attempted.
At any rate, the two symbols are being combined here to denote 'enduring' 'strength'. The Djed stands for permanence and endurance, while the Was stands for power. So I took the Was example I photographed at the Met museum for the scepter's head. (The direction has been flipped because we read left to right, and there's a sense of 'left to right' meaning 'going forward', 'facing forward', 'facing the future'.