New Paintings! “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
This might not be common knowledge, but I was actually an English major. I’ve always been a huge bookworm. Yes, I was that weird girl in school walking around with her nose stuck in a book, and I perfected the fine art of reading and walking at the same time.
Even before I could read, I made art. For years, I’ve been looking for ways to marry my love of books and art.
This idea came to me when I was figuring out what to do with a pile of 8x8x1.5 canvases I bought on sale a few years ago. I realized the canvases would stand up by themselves and I thought, why not make a series of paintings to sit on a bookshelf. Gasp! What about a literary series?! A bunch of paintings based on my favorite classic poems and stories? Aaaaaaahhh!
My friends, I’d like to present the first fruits of that awesome idea: Two mixed-media paintings based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”!
I love the versatility of these pieces, because you can hang them like a normal painting or stand them up on a desk or shelf! These are also great gifts for bookworms. Winky winky.
I really love the way these turned out. I love the texture, the spookiness of them, and they really capture the way I see “The Raven”. Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite writers because I love the creepy visuals in his work. I’ve noticed lately that often my favorite poems and stories are the one that conjure striking visuals in my mind’s eye. The colors I see in my head when I read his work are amazing.
I also love this poem for the beautiful rhythm and rhyme. It’s an unusual structure is like an odd, lilting melody. The word choice is beautiful and uneasy, the haunting repetition of “Nevermore”…it’s a gorgeous piece of literature in many ways and I’m glad I was able to capture that haunting, menacing quality of the raven here.
They were fun to make and I love the texture in these pieces. I usually prep canvases with a combination of modeling paste laid on thick and rough with a knife and a layer of gesso so thick that it cracks when it dries, and here I also collaged the poem into the background for the visual texture of words.
My passions for art and literature overlap beautifully here, and I can’t wait to do more of these. These hardly put a dent my that stack of 8×8 canvases, so there are plenty more where this came from. My gears are already whirring with ideas for the next ones. I’m thinking Shakespeare…
If you have suggestions, let me know on Facebook! They do need to be old classics though. We don’t want the copyright goons after me.
I hope you love these pieces as much as I do! And if you don’t, there are tons of other things up in my shop right now too. I’ve never had this many items listed at once! There’s also all kinds of autumny stuff in there if the leaves are changing in your part of the world (and lots of spring stuff if they aren’t!)
A wonderful week and a happy Halloween to you!