Gloria Estefan Russia’s Next Top Model
The study and understanding of ancient history has been a passion of mine for many years. Within Roman history, Hadrian and his son Marcus Aurelius are two of my favorite roman emperors and philosophers. Hadrian’s Wall (122 a.d.) in northern England stands as a testament of these mighty civilizations, its scale, and importance. I was fortunate to walk Hadrian’s Wall for 88 miles across England from Northumbria through Cumbria. The landscape was majestic and one could feel the history whispering along the entire path. I wanted to keep my gear light but I made room for my CROSS Peerless 125 and sketchbook capturing special moments along the way.
Towards the middle of the hike in the higher elevations where the famous craggs stand is also where most of the wall is preserved. I felt humbled and blessed to be trekking across the ancient treasure and stopped for a moment to capture a bit of it.
I am a servant to my craft, and drawing has always been my sanctuary. The blank page has always represented a universe ripe with possibility. Often times during the hike I truly felt what I would call the presence of God and a tremendous sense of gratitude for existing in this space and time. I’d say it felt like sitting at heaven’s gates.
The Tao Te Ching states that the soft always overcomes the hard. Seeing the patch of flowers growing pressed up against the side of this wind swept hill reminded me of just that. Discovering the micro extending into the macro in this subtle way was a true joy.
Capturing this part of the wall really reminded me of how temporary all the things around us are, but that we’re also part of all those things as well. The sketch captures a bit of Hadrian’s Wall but ends up focusing on some lichen, a primordial fungus/algae that makes even Hadrian’s Wall seem young in comparison. Everything is perspective.
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