T. E. Lawrence, by BCW
So, I broke out my paintbrushes this weekend, and decided to paint T. E. Lawrence. Why? Well, he’s my current historical research interest. I just finished Michael Korda’s biography of him, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia. That man was pretty fascinating. Even the stuff he did after Arabia. Enlisted in the RAF (and Army, and RAF again), developed marine craft for rescuing downed pilots, and kept up correspondence with some of the era’s greatest minds.
So yes. Will soon be reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom, just taking a mini-Lawrence break for the time being.
I’ve decided that I’m just going to combine Sheer Art Attack with this blog, it’ll be easier to me to maintain.
Back to the painting: It has a few issues. Lawrence’s shoulders are too narrow (well, the guy was 5’5″ and at one point during the Arabia campaign weighed 80 pounds, so…) and his jaw is too square. In the painting, his eyes are actually blue.
Last night, I finished watching Lawrence of Arabia. Long movie, even for one who has been known to marathon the Colin Firth Pride & Prejudice, and Lord of the Rings extended editions. I still liked it a whole lot.
I want to read more about T. E. Lawrence, remembering a biography I saw at my library a few months ago, and having desired to read Seven Pillars of Wisdom for well over a year, since coming across this quote during thesis research:
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
It just struck me. I find myself trying to dream with my eyes open, reaching my goals and working towards them.
So, amongst the piles of books I want to read, I’m hoping to tackle the biography I saw, and Seven Pillars of Wisdom. I have an insatiable curiosity. I need to know everything I can about people and things that interest me. Mr Lawrence definitely falls into the category of “people who interest me.”
I also think that my library may be sick of me, as I keep intra-library-loaning books, movies and CDs. And they continue to question if the books and movies I’m enjoying are for me…cannot wait to see their faces when I pick up Seven Pillars of Wisdom.