Thursday, January 29

"The Man in the Arena"

A really bad picture of a recent work:

The Man in the Arena
is the title of a speech given by Teddy Roosevelt at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

This was hand lettered in my Flourished Copperplate script in black ink, on one of my favorite papers, the large Strathmore sheets in decorative marble finish, the same used in both of the Amazing Grace jobs.

One of these days soon, my husband promises, I will get a new digital SLR.... believe me, when I do, you will all notice!!

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