A sketch of a baby

by DRM

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Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

Jonathan Swift

This sketch is easy to pass over.  It doesn’t conform to our standards of baby memorabilia…of photographs in a little brag book or on our digital phone, moments of “look here,” “isn’t that cute,” “ooh” and “ahh.”

The sketch is an afterthought, pencil on scratch paper, dashed off and sent to the infant’s parents a few weeks later, an artist’s offering.  It’s kept in a piece of tissue paper, lacking the ceremony and the context of a statement of art.

But this is a thing of beauty that captures the essence of a human connection and transcends time in ways that a photograph never can.  Two spirits are present here:  the baby and the artist.  And, the interaction between them speaks to our spirit.

We have to be willing to stop and listen, to see the invisible.

Look at the lips, the shape of the nose, the curve of the eye.  This is force and energy at rest, subdued just under the surface.

This sketch doesn’t record.  It offers experience.