An Artist Works

Evening, 31 August 1822

Above, the ungraspable in grey or white 
or sometimes black, I read now
is wrought of Forms,
this water overhead.

What Science seeks to calibrate
quickens my palette, hand and knife
and revives my boyish eyes to see 
pictures in the sky.

The series of cloud studies painted by John Constable during the summers of 1821 and 1822 inspired this poem. Thank-you to Laura for alerting me to these and other images by Constable in the Your Paintings online archive.

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