Sunday, July 15, 2018

Smart Art (Dutch Selfies Edition)


Whether I'm right or whether I'm wrong
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong



I gotta be me, I've gotta be me
What else can I be but what I am



I want to live, not merely survive
And I won't give up this dream
Of life that keeps me alive





I gotta be me, I gotta be me
The dream that I see makes me what I am



That far away prize, a world of success
Is waiting for me if I heed the call


I won't settle down, won't settle for less
As long as there's a chance that I can have it all


 I'll go it alone, that's how it must be
I can't be right for somebody else
If I'm not right for me



I gotta be free, I've gotta be free
Daring to try, to do it or die
I've gotta be me


I'll go it alone, that's how it must be


I can't be right for somebody else
If I'm not right for me


I gotta be free, I just gotta be free
Daring to try, to do it or die



I gotta be me

Old Master painter Rembrandt van Rijn was born on this day in 1606. As you can see, he liked to spend a lot of time in front of the mirror.

11 comments:

  1. Hi Kirk!

    Typically I am not liberal (with compliments) but this morning I simply cannot contain myself. This post of yours is an absolute Rembrandt! Now I have the urge to light up a Dutch Masters cigar. Happy birthday to Rembrandt van Rijn, born this day in 1606. Come to think of it, I haven't seen anything new from Rembrandt in quite a while. This might seem like a stupid question but, I'm curious, where did he van Gogh? Is he still living? Retired? :)

    Have a great week, good buddy Kirk!

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    1. Where did he van Gogh? To the delicatessen to pick up a Rubens.

      Seriously, Shady, if you're wondering when Rembrandt died, it was in 1669. That last picture was from his last year.

      Happy you liked the post, Shady. Maybe when his birthday rolls around next year, I'll show the cigar logo (Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild)

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    2. "...to pick up a Rubens." LOL! Good one! (...and Peter Paul Mounds for dessert).

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  2. I wonder if Dutch men like wearing hats?

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    1. I think everyone wore hats back then, Maddie.

      I remember hearing that at one time the Dutch liked to wear wooden shoes. I don't know if Rembrandt did--he never painted his feet.

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  3. It's neat to see him age throughout the successive portraits.

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    1. He doesn't seem to have fudged anything for the sake of ego, Debra. Rembrandt let every wrinkle, every hanging jowl show.


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  4. "But first, let me take a selfie."

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  5. With just a paintbrush and canvas, Adam, that would have been a long "But first...".

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