This image forms part of a bigger drawing by Peter Paul Rubens. I just had to draw it. This was the result which I did with pencil and ink, and then gave it a sepia look. Rubens, as you may know, is known for his heavy figures.
What struck me was the muscularity and firmness of the legs and the feet. The whole image for me spoke of the need for rootedness and mobility in life. The muscular left leg and foot is firmly and heavily rooted on the ground, while the right is in the act of the lightness and movement of walking.
The need to be grounded, yet flexible, not only physically, but psychologically and spiritually is a key ingredient in a life well lived. Rootedness without mobility becomes dogmatic and immovable. We become stuck. On the other hand, mobility without rootedness, floats and gets blown around by every whim and fancy. One aspect of wholeness in life means having both in a wonderfully integrated whole, as the image communicates.
Then I saw the gracefulness of this Swan’s head in one of J’s photographs, and again I was compelled to draw.