Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nibblefest Art Contest: An Edgar Allan Poe Inspired Painting, "The Raven"

My entry for June's Nibblefest, a painting inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven"

A tribute to Poe, painted on vellum and permanently mounted onto an old/weathered 3.5" x 9" x 1.5" found and reclaimed piece of wood....

Ah, Nibblefest.  The fun and friendly monthly art competition rolls around yet again!   To tell the truth, I'm a little shell shocked at just how quickly the past four weeks have WHIZZED by (a little too fast for my taste --please, if the rest of the summer flies past like the past four weeks have, it will be over before I even realize it!).  Nevertheless the passage of time marches on, and with yesterday being the 20th I did manage to come up with an entry for the June theme, 'Feathered Friends'.....

Oh, Poe.  But of course I would be tempted to take any opportunity to create a wee tribute piece to this classic American author.  I mean with a  theme like 'Birds', who could resist...? Indeed I've always admired Edgar Allan Poe's lifesworks, having read and shared many of them to my own children and students over the years (my FAVORITE-favorite of ALL his tales being, 'The Cask of Amontillado". Which I will happily read aloud to ANYONE who asks).   The following is my auction/entry description:

"...When thinking about 'Birds' as a theme this month, one of the first things to pop into my head was Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem, "The Raven" (probably because my daughter is reading a lot of Poe this summer).  It's one of his most well-known pieces, still to this day, having been published innumerable times over the long years, and this in spite of  the fact the poem did not actually prove all that lucrative in his own lifetime.  Nevertheless, there is still something very compelling about that old raven, sitting (always sitting), quietly above the chamber door -- that is, except to every so often utter the word, 'Nevermore'.  
Pretty smart crow I'd say.....!

Very bad side view pic displaying the extra thick (1.5") painted edges.

A picture showing the back of the old, weathered piece of found wood that I used for the painting.  So thick that none of the holes went through to the front, but the rugged state really adding to the overall character of the piece (note I sealed up the entire back with several thick coats of varnish)

Nibblefest Art Contest: Great art starting at just .99 cents...!

Happy to announce that my Poe tribute painting/entry, "The Raven", won First Place in June's
Nibblfest Art Contest -- a big and sincere Thank You to all my lovely bidders....!


Lisa Graham said...

I really love this piece! He looks like a poet for Edgar!

Patience said...

Ha, thanks so much, Lisa! It really was fun to paint. In fact, it all came together quite smoothly from start to finish, and with little to no agonizing -- and for me, that's saying something, lol! I have to say I do enjoy painting on these unusual dimensions (this one is 3.5 x 9) -- dictated as they are to the found wooden boards that I am using/reclaiming. This one in particular was especially craggy -- lots of nail holes (in the back) and worn bits. Definitely has a history -- as such, it seemed particularly suitable for a Poe inspired subject, lol...! ;-)

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Hi Patience, thank you for visiting my blog. This piece of art work is fabulous. Love it really very much. Great painting. really a poet.
Lovely greet

Patience said...

You are welcome, Marja -- and many thanks to you for the lovely comment on my Poe tribute, so very much appreciated....!

All my best, Marja :-)