“Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” Any person who has been in a significant leadership position knows the meaning of that statement. A slightly modified version can be found all the way back in William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” and is often used to talk about the burden and difficulties of being a leader.

Here our friend is accompanied in solitude and prayer by a Kyrie Eleison; punctuating his dismay and burden, as he pursues his heavy decisions.

I used crayons instead of pastels and the increased transparency feels like it has added importance to the burden he feels, while revealing the objective impermanence of the actual burdens he feels. The bright yellow background gives further argument that burdens can only be as extreme as we perceive them.

Or maybe this is just. another silly bird: what do you see?

More to come…


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