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Do you like these four canvases? Very much as if he meant it, the man at the shop said, “William, I love these, I think they’re beautiful.” With Easter approaching, he was especially drawn to the Christ-like image at the center of this picture, and said he knew my customers would pleased. I thanked him and said I didn’t have any customers, and that these canvases were an experiment of sorts. What I didn’t say was that I view them all as self-portraits. Crucified? Oh, yes. Daily. And then raised up, again and again, by friends.
The four books standing upright are from the Household Edition of the Waverley Novels, by Sir Walter Scott. They were published in 1857. The one lying flat is the 1920 third printing of First Plays, by A.A. Milne.
In the Forum: Robert Burns, how he could spin a rhyme with a leer.