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I've fretted over this painting so much I almost didn't do it at all. 
One of my book club members suggested I paint something that we could take along with us when visiting the grave of the author on our upcoming meeting. What a hard task that is though; considering the controversial nature of the author himself, and all the tragedy and pain contained in the book! I mulled over it for weeks, and in the end, decided to something almost abstract and derivative in style; reminiscent of murals from the 80s. Something taken from the book, out of the authors' life, but instead of reflecting the tragic, reflecting his strength of character and fighting spirit. But that's so hard to convey with just a simple drawing. In the end; I settled on something simple; almost banal to portray: 
На работу и  с работы всегда  ходил пешком, четыре  километра в один конец. Это
давало  в  месяц  двести километров.  Прибавить  километров  сто  регулярных
пробежек  трусцой - вполне  достаточно  для поддержания в норме организма. А
главное, может  быть,  в  ходьбе  -  это сохранение нервной системы.  Идешь,
отключился от  всяких неприятных  мыслей. Полезло  что-то в  голову - добавь
Sometimes, the simple things in our lives needs appreciating. I learned that the hard way. My Russian is still rudimentary; but here's my interpretation: "I always walked to and from work, four kilometers one way. It amounted to one hundred kilometers per month. Add another hundred kilometers of regular running, to stay fit. But perhaps the most important thing about walking - it helps to maintain a healthy mind. You move, you become disconnected from all unpleasant thoughts. Something gets into my head - I speed up."

Needless to say; I'm not happy with the result at all. I'm not used to small formats with the acrylics at all; but it has to fit into my backpack. 
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