This is my Québécois great-grandfather Napoleon Comartin in 1926. Everyone should have a relative named Napoleon. Builds character!
I think his portrait is interesting because the artist had some great dimensional shading on the face, but the shirt and tie look flat. I’m guessing the medium is oil pastels? Not entirely sure on that.
This image is a restored version that my dad commissioned a few years ago. The original drawing (which I currently have) was around the house when I was a kid, but its oddly-shaped frame is gone now and it looks like it’s been around the block a few times.
My dad didn’t know that I would develop the skills to do photo restoration, otherwise I’m sure he would have let me do it. One of these days I’m going to have to scan the original and see how my restoration compares to this one.
The fledgling barn swallows have learned to fly. Only two were in the nest this morning after my class, and one more came fluttering in while I was standing there.
They are still smaller than their mother and their feathers are muted suggestions of more brilliant colors to come. Their beaks were tiny little pinpoints; so different than the baby bills they had just last week. Well, that was my impression until mama bird swooped in with some extra nutrition—they can still open their mouths to a proportionally frightening size. If they’re still that flexible in the chompers next week, I’m guessing they’ll just eat the mama bird to satisfy their hunger… for… BRAINZ!
Hrm. Sorry about that. I just read the first issue of North 40 (comic book published by Wildstorm) so there are some zombie and Cthulhu-like ideas floating around in my head right now. I can be very impressionable when I’m paying attention.
The weather was perfect this evening. After a short date at the crowded library (not quite the geek-romantic scene you might be picturing), Ben and I drove into the foothills near our house and discovered a little lookout at the end of a road. I’d cleverly placed that camera in my purse for moments like these, so you can share our view:
Not too shabby for a Tuesday night. The sunset, the twinking lights, the lake, the mountains… the opportunity to procrastinate instead of doing homework.
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