Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ode to Joy




Ode to Joy
May 7, 2010

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Update:
In the Forum: another round of baseless accusations.

13 comments:

Janice said...

William he sure looks noble and a bit haughty...just the way I would expect one so noble to react to "joy" :)

RUDHI - Chance said...

Your model was a Neandertal-Zen-Man, William? Joyful greetings from Darwin...

ALeks said...

Oh my....Rudhi the whole universe shudder cause of my laughter!! Thank you,this is marvellous! :O)
William great one!! :O)

William Michaelian said...

Haughty nobility... Neandertal-Zen-Man... a shuddering universe... hmm....

I can see and feel them all, especially since I was thinking of Beethoven at the time. Not that this is Beethoven, mind you. Or is it? Did you know that on yesterday’s date in 1824, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered in Vienna?

Thank you, Janice, Rudhi, and Aleksandra!

Conrad DiDiodato said...

Yes,Rudhi

Neantertal-Zen Man. Exactly what I was thinking, too.

Janice said...

Oh dear...I didn't even think of Beethoven, sorry William :( I do now :)

Janice said...

OOPS!!! I forgot to add that the reason I came up with nobility is because he looks as if he has muttonchop(?) sideburns...old English type nobility :)

William Michaelian said...

Hi, Conrad. The missing link, perhaps.

No apology needed, Janice. Besides, you’re celebrating your own Ode to Joy today, with the birth of your great-grandson!

awyn said...

I can't find the Joy, in his expression (at least not the Beethovenish thrust of joy that lifts me up everytime I hear that particular piece). Perhaps it's a private one, in one of his dreams, still playing itself out. You often write about joy even in pain. Maybe this is a face of "painful" joy, or ... it could be he's simply asleep, unaware of the artist's joyful tag. Really, we ought to give the poor face a break, stop trying to define him, ha ha. Let him finish his dream. Whatever it is, you can bet it's mighty interesting, and our joy will be in its eventual retelling. By the way, William, thanks for the link to Harmony. That drawing program is terrific! Endless possibilities. We should have a community "sketch and show" sometime. :) Sorry for the length of this. I just looked at the face upside down, and it's a boot, stepping into a puddle of shady water!! A face of many possibilities. Amazing.
P.S. Congratulations Janice!

William Michaelian said...

Yes, isn’t that wonderful news?

Thanks, Annie, and write as much and as long as you like!

You’re certainly not alone in equating joy with a smile, but I assure you, joy can be present without one, just as a smile isn’t in itself proof of joy — as if any such state were so easily defined! I see joy and sorrow as walking hand in hand, mutually dependent, in love with each other, always wanting to confide.

Harmony is definitely fun. It might not show, but I’m learning a lot from it.

Janice said...

Thank you so much Annie :)

Woman in a Window said...

And so it is that our tender bruised moments give joy its significance. Very tender sketch, William.

xo
erin

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Erin. I’m glad you see it that way.