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we might get snow tomorrow.

Here’s to remembering autumn, and summer, and warmer weather:

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sketchbook.

From a couple weeks ago:

Sketchbook 11/12

I took the photo of the leaf and the tree, also.

W.B. Yeats (1865–1939). The Wild Swans at Coole. 1919.

The Wild Swans at Coole

THE TREES are in their autumn beauty,

The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming water among the stones 5
Are nine and fifty swans.
 
The nineteenth Autumn has come upon me
Since I first made my count;
I saw, before I had well finished,
All suddenly mount 10
And scatter wheeling in great broken rings
Upon their clamorous wings.
 
I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,
And now my heart is sore.
All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight, 15
The first time on this shore,
The bell-beat of their wings above my head,
Trod with a lighter tread.
 
Unwearied still, lover by lover,
They paddle in the cold, 20
Companionable streams or climb the air;
Their hearts have not grown old;
Passion or conquest, wander where they will,
Attend upon them still.
 
But now they drift on the still water 25
Mysterious, beautiful;
Among what rushes will they build,
By what lake’s edge or pool
Delight men’s eyes, when I awake some day
To find they have flown away

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finished on Sunday

Took me about 12 hours. The nose is a little funky, but otherwise, I like it.

You can’t really see the underpainting, the blues and the greens, but there will be another photo after it finishes drying.

And apparently there are Renaissance paintings that aren’t chemically dry, yet. Mine will take far less time to dry, thankfully.

Self Portrait

I don’t have a title yet. Self Portrait seems a bit vain and plain. I’ve been calling it “Contrast” but that doesn’t really apply anymore (originally the background was going to be black).

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