A muttering rose from the crowd of unimpressed masters standing before my masterpiece, their whisperings quiet, unintelligible.
They reached me only as the shadows of voices, filtered by the immense forest of columns erected between us.
Forward I crept, on burning calves. Silent through the stone glade, I peered, unseen through the tallow smoke – begging for praise, for motivation. Desperately waiting to live once more, my thoughts away, birds on the wing.
“A poor attempt at divine instruction.”
“A sketchbook of ample bosoms and curvaceous Madonnas.”
Failure. My heart felt borrowed, stolen from another’s chest in search of fleeting illumination.
Canvases fueled the flames.
2: generously sufficient to satisfy a requirement or need<they had ample money for the trip>
3: buxom, portly <an ample figure>