What really amuses me (although it is probably coincidental) is how much Merlin's suit and bowler hat remind me of the outfit that Hank Morgan wears at the beginning of Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, when he can't figure out why the peasants are all staring at him instead of at the armored and surcoated knight who has taken him prisoner (and just before he is brought before the royal court, where it is immediately decided that his strange clothing must be magical and should be removed from him without further ado...). Yeah.
This is Hank on the subject of Arthur:
"The king looked puzzled - he wasn't a very heavy weight, intellectually. His head was an hourglass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once."
And, even better, (when Hank and Arthur are touring the kingdom, disguised as peasants):
"If you have ever seen an active, heedless, enterprising child going diligently out of one mischief and into another all day long, and an anxious mother at its heels all the while, just saving it by a hair from drowning itself or breaking its neck with each new experiment, you've seen the king and me."
Amazing piece of work, man :0....
The first time I saw this painting, I was just stunned and couldn't stop looking at it.
Nicely done, very, very nice.
Somehow I feel like this pic looks contrast, and yet perfect. Usually messy Merlin in complete outfit, holding a gauntlet in hand, and always neat Arthur with no suit, reading what I presume a magic book (or just a "Tales from neverending story"?)
OK, I know I'm babbling. All I want to say is I love this pic. Well done!
Anyway, it's beautiful (as usual)
I will never been tired/fed up with your art
Hope you had a great NYE and I wish you a Happy and Healthy new year !!!
Lots of hugs