Brothers Plus Two by Kay Kempton Raade

Pencil Drawing, Original 14 × 20 inches
Graphite pencils 4H to 6B

640 views Aug 2010

“There is a destiny that makes us brothers
None goes his way alone
All that we send into the lives of others
Comes back into our own”

…Author Unknown

I took it out from under the glass and photographed it on a cloudy day.

Inspired by a photo from about 1922, my dad and his brothers sit in the doorway of a shed, taking a wasps’ nest apart. They were looking for honey, but found “grub worms” instead. My dad is the third boy from left. The standing girl and boy are neighbors. She taught third grade in Terry, Montana for many, many years. She was my third grade teacher for a time.

From left, Jerry, Jim, Ed and John Kempton. Florence and Howard Lindenmeyer

Terry, Montana

My grandad quoted Omar Kayyam and encouraged his boys to do the same. Only Uncle Jim was really good at it and pulled it out of his hat for every occasion. But the first one I remember Dad quoting is:

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,Moves on: nor all your Piety nor WitShall lure it back to cancel half a Line,Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it

— Omar Khayyam

(Poem #545

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Wildlife, people, dogs, ranches, mountains, cameras.

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  • garts
    gartsalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • Thanks so much for looking.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Kay.

  • Thanks Rosalie. Isn’t it past your bedtime?

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 5 years ago

    beautiful,wonderfully drawn,well done,,dawnx

  • Thanks so much, Dawn!! 8-)

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 5 years ago

    This is excellent artwork, well done, Ann

  • Ann, Thanks so much for the comment!! 8-)

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    Marvellous work, Kay. Love the look of intense concentration on everyone’s face!

  • Isn’t that funny how they are all doing scientific exploration?? Thanks.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldalmost 5 years ago

    I like the uniform dress code,Kay, great drawing!!!

  • Thanks so much, Lance. I appreciate your comment.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • jujubean
    jujubeanalmost 5 years ago

    awesome work!!!

  • Thanks so much!! 8-)

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning drawing…such detail!

  • Thank you, Susan. It means a lot to me.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 5 years ago

    Awesome Work!

  • Thanks, Rick!

    – Kay Kempton Raade

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyalmost 5 years ago

    Just awesome! Tony

  • Hi Tony, Thanks so much.

    – Kay Kempton Raade

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