© 2012 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Casting the Cards

Wearily I polish my crystal ball heart for the next eager voice
I fan the pasteboard rectangles and ruffle them
I reach down deep inside the lucent well and focus
weary mind’s-eyes on prophetic pictures,
almost-forgotten pasts
and every stripe of human condition,
familiar and unknown.
I comfort and cajole,
awaken unconscious beings to the truth
that invisibly, inexorably circles them.
This reaching down exhausts me,
so that when I lift my weary eyes away from these visions
I am too tired to know my own life.
The doctor’s child is sick,
the shoemaker’s unshod
and the prophetess terminally ignorant of her own fate.

© 2012 RC deWinter

Self-portrait in digital oils from an original photograph
shot January 19, 2012.

Tech Specs: Photoshop 7, Filter Forge 3, Color Toner,
Xero Clarity, Akvis Oils


contemporary, modern, portrait, self portrait, tired, weariness, woman

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I have been a photographer for over 25 years, using both traditional and digital SLR equipment, with pictures published in print as well as in online publications and galleries. The digitally-composed works are created using a variety of software. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.

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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 2 years ago

    Very sad, GIna – beautiful, though

  • Thanks, dear friend. Of course I have abstracted and exaggerated my expression and appearance, but the mood is accurate…hugs to you.

    – RC deWinter

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 01/25/2012
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  • Always an honor, Deborah, thank you for the feedback and the feature.

    – RC deWinter

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellover 2 years ago

    This is magnificent, Gina.

  • Honored, Scott, thank you so much.

    – RC deWinter

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 2 years ago

    Very well done! Great artwork!!

  • Thank you, high praise from a wonderful portrait painter!

    – RC deWinter

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • Yes, I am often sad…thank you, Liz…

    – RC deWinter

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