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In a Library by situo In a Library by situo
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In a Library

A precious, mouldering pleasure 't is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,

His venerable hand to take,
And warming in our own,
A passage back, or two, to make
To times when he was young.

His quaint opinions to inspect,
His knowledge to unfold
On what concerns our mutual mind,
The literature of old;

What interested scholars most,
What competitions ran
When Plato was a certainty,
And Sophocles a man;

Wen Sappho was a living girl,
And Beatrice wore
The gown that Dante deified.
Fact, centuries before,

He traverses familiar
As one should come to town
And tell you all your dreams were true:
He lived where dreams were sown.

His presence is enchantment,
You beg him not to go;
Old volumes shake their vellum heads
And tantalize, just so.

~ Emily Dickinson

11"x15"

Watercolor

part of a series

On a personal note, I was having an off week, so this one took much longer than the final product would warrant :(
sigh... oh well....

Also, I thought the website I used for reference was worth posting, for all the librophiliacs out there:

[link]

:D
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SwanBurglar Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
LOVE the poem
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XxSeenbutnotheardxX Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I love the movement you put into this. Very nice darling.
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EmikoTheVixen Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautifully done!
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situo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Thanks so much! :D
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The-Seldom-Seen-Kid Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Great composition - I could look at that curious expeditions site for hours, nice work:D
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situo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
thanks for the comment, and the fav!

I agree, that site is just fantastic. I love old libraries...and old books! :)
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The-Seldom-Seen-Kid Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
Yeah, I know the feeling:D
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Midnight-Venom Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
:love: This is beautiful! I love the use of foreground, background, and perspective; they all help show the immense amount of books. You are very good with watercolours, there are a lot of details you got in here, and they look amazing. Also, great work on the lighting and the contemplative expression on the woman.

Excellent work~ :heart:
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situo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
Thank you soo much! I don't usually do so much detail, so I'm really happy you like it! :D
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JazzPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
NICE!! This is great, I love to see actual talent on this site.
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situo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
Thanks! you're very kind :D
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