Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Wear your heart on your sleeve

I sketched this on the weekend. Anatomical heart with mandala patterns inside.  This is just the first one of a series I want to draw.  I got round canvasses from my friend for my birthday and I think this will be the perfect artwork for them.  Let's hope I find time this weekend to work on them.

To wear your heart on your sleeve derives from the custom at the middle ages jousting matches.  Knights are said to have worn the colours of the lady they were supporting, in cloths or ribbons tied to their arms.  The term doesn't date from that period though and is first recorded in Shakespeare's Othello, 1604. In the play, the treacherous Iago's plan was to feign openness and vulnerability in order to appear faithful:

It is sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago:
In following him, I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end:
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In compliment extern, 'tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.
To wear your heart on your sleeve means to display one's emotions openly.

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