Story of the Painting, “Desiderata”

 

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Desiderata, Mixed Media, 50×40 on Canvas

As I was applying paint to this canvas in an open studio in a very public location, a young lady entered, sat down and began to converse about my process.  She was dressed in black with various piercings and had dyed black hair.  I noticed she had the beginning lines of the poem, “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann,  tattooed on her forearm.  She was obviously Goth and I found it fascinating that she would have those words on her arm.  She must have spent at least 45 minutes there.  After she left, I painted her image in the upper left corner of the canvas.  Later, in my studio, I added the tin cross and as I finished the painting, I decided to title it “Desiderata” in honor of the girl.  I am so sorry that I did not get her name.  I often wonder about her.

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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Author: Jerry Hardesty Studio

I am an Abstract Expressionist Painter, living in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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