Drawing challenge: Coat, the von Alemann coat
I was so happy when Patrice called this week’s drawing challenge: coat, and, for me, this started with a book.
Not just any book, THE BOOK. One of the most precious books I have, the book of my family, the von Alemann family.
The book used to belong to my grandfather, and has study notes written in his handwriting. There are also study notes in the handwriting of others.
The book is written in high German, and begins in 1281. Somehow, over the years, there grew a small collection of odd things in the book, like a pressed edelweiss and beech leaf between the halves of a Czech receipt for bread, along with the usually kept death and birth certificates.
There are property documents, and locks of hair, and names. Loads and loads of names; centuries of names.
A few names keep repeating. Here, the death certificate for my grandfather’s father Lord Emilian Karl von Alemann; before him his father, Lord Wilhelm Johan Karl, and after him my grandfather Lord Karl Emilian Maria, and my son is also named in a fashion after this tradition of repeating names: Jonathan Karl (he has the full right to use the Lord title).
It’s funny how it goes. So comfortable for me, like a warm coat. My coat of arms. The image passed down thru centuries. The family which started the entire Alemannic world. My world.
I started this DC on a sheet of music with the title Prelude. It felt like homage to all those who came before me.
I drew my Germanic von Alemann family crest, I drew the Czech lion, the lion of my childhood.
I gilded the Czech lion with copper leaf; that warm golden pink light of Prague.
And there we are. I think this little piece of art might end up collected in the book for future generations to puzzle out.
Later, Chloe and I put on our family crest rings. We looked thru the book for a while longer, and then I closed the book and put it back in the safe.
Thank you for a lovely and touching DC theme dearest. x
But the fun is only starting. Pop over to Patrice’s for links to everyone who is clever enough to slip their coats on in this weather. 😀