Poe, Reclined

Well, not reclined so much as seated.  I like this one because it looks like the crow is tormenting him.

Poe in chair upclose

I decided to add purple to the mix of grays, because it the color is mentioned in Poe’s “The Raven” poem.

Along the edge of the piece I have included (in purple stitching) the beginning words to the said poem. You can’t see them here, but they are very creepy — and just in time for Halloween!

Poe in chair

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore —

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

“ ’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door —

Only this and nothing more.”                    Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

 

 

 

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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2 comments on “Poe, Reclined
  1. You are right- he is seated and not reclined. My husband and son recently went to the Poe Museum http://www.poemuseum.org/about.php. When they returned, they were full of new facts on Edgar Allen Poe. According to my son, Poe had a special chair made for him that forced him to sit in an upright posture. If you find yourself in Richmond, Virginia, then it is worth taking in a tour at the museum.

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