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"Quoth the Raven" 16" x 20" Acrylic Gesso on Stretched Canvas (c) Melissa Stinson

“Quoth the Raven”
16″ x 20″
Acrylic Gesso on Stretched Canvas
(c) Melissa Stinson SOLD

About 2 years ago I started working on a new black and white painting.  One that I didn’t have a clue as to why I was doing it, other than the fact that the monochromatic piece (Abyss of Time) that I had completed a few years before  looked pretty cool so, hey, I guess I should do another, larger, one… Right?  Boy was I ever wrong in that decision.  As many of you have seen I LOVE colour!  Like, I live and breathe colour.  It rejuvenates me, makes me happy, makes my paintings soar, etc, etc.  Although I enjoyed the new painting at first, it quickly became tiresome… I had no direction, I realized that I was only doing it because I thought that I SHOULD rather than thinking that I really wanted to.  It actually started causing me great angst at one point so, like many artists do when faced with a particularly difficult piece, I decided to put it to rest. Unfinished… Unloved… I put it on a shelf and ignored it for well over a year (except for the one or 2 times I pulled it out and stared, no… glared, at it for a few minutes and then promptly returned it to its shelf).  Last week I was ready to finally say, forget it, this piece is NEVER going to amount to anything and it just keeps taking up space on my shelves, space that I really haven’t got a lot of… Time for it to go.  I had a knife in hand ready to tear the canvas from the wooden frame when I had a HUGE and brilliant light bulb go off above my head.  Something stopped me and made me look at the painting one last time and I finally realized, why not take one of the most well-known and eerie pieces of literature, and incorporate it into the picture?  I immediately placed my canvas on the table,

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
Photo Courtesy of Poe Museum

found “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, re-read it, and knew that I actually COULD have a direction for this painting that nearly hit the trash can only minutes before.  THRILLED with the new idea, I set to work and Friday night, after a week of planning and painting and planning and painting some more, I completed my new painting entitled “Quoth the Raven”, dedicated to the brilliant works of Poe.  Strangely enough, I found out ON THE SAME DAY that I completed this painting, that it is, in fact, Poe’s Birthdate today.  I don’t know what happened to me a week ago but it seems awfully coincidental that I decided to do a painting in honor of Poe and have it completed just days before his birthday… Maybe he is still floating around the ethers somewhere and just happened upon me at the exact right moment to act as my muse.  Whatever may have happened, this is one of my most favorite pieces to date… I am so, so, SO proud to have broken through the barriers that surrounded me in regards to this piece of work.  It was a toughie, maybe one of the hardest paintings I have ever struggled through.  To me it was worth it.  I hope all of you in the land of blog and Facebook enjoy what I have for you today.  This day of the birth of one of history’s most brilliant, disturbed, and intriguing poets and authors. One Edgar Allan Poe. ❤

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