Baudelaire considers you his brother,
and Fielding calls out to you every few paragraphs
as if to make sure you have not closed the book,
and now I am summoning you up again,
attentive ghost, dark silent figure standing
in the doorway of these words.
Pope welcomes you into the glow of his study,
takes down a leather-bound Ovid to show you.
Tennyson lifts the latch to a moated garden,
and with Yeats you lean against a broken pear tree,
the day hooded by low clouds.
But now you are here with me,
composed in the open field of this page,
no room or manicured garden to enclose us,
no Zeitgeist marching in the background,
no heavy ethos thrown over us like a cloak.
Instead, our meeting is so brief and accidental,
unnoticed by the monocled eye of History,
you could be the man I held the door for
this morning at the bank or post office
or the one who wrapped my speckled fish.
You could be someone I passed on the street
or the face behind the wheel of an oncoming car.
The sunlight flashes off your windshield,
and when I look up into the small, posted mirror,
I watch you diminish—my echo, my twin—
and vanish around a curve in this whip
of a road we can’t help traveling together.
Self Portrait. April 2008. 18″x24″, oil on canvas.
|Oil on canvas for submission to AP Studio Art (Drawing) exam. Quick work in about 5 hours. It’s a bit different than previous paintings, since I did it in two sittings, and worked with a lot of turpentine as a thinner (and a bit of linseed oil as well). I had to buy new colors for this painting (and it was not inexpensive). I might go back and get some more, since now I have a handy coupon. Detail (click on thumbnail):
Drastic changes have been made.
Details (messy brushwork):
Only a little left to do. From the photograph at the top, it looks basically finished.
As a portrait, I really like it. But as a piece, I think I have to call this one a failure. I couldn’t follow through with my original concept and idea. (Too hard.)
Last Saturday I went back to the university and did this:
||Beforehand, I was at the university to audition for the All State Orchestra. Happily, I made it in. I was extremely nervous, but I didn’t make any major mistakes (just rushed a little in half a measure).
I started a new project today. I’ve been stewing over the ideas for a couple weeks and have drawn several sketches. Today, I went to Home Depot and got some wood. Continue reading