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The Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe's Beautiful Annabel Lee

The Portrait of Annabel Lee I don't know exactly how it happened, but I wanted to do a portrait in an entirely sketched style done with only black white and gray.  The background now of course would be bright and colorful.  I felt that this would give a striking image.   Alas, who would be the woman?  For such a striking pose, I needed someone special.   Enter Edgar Allan Poe Edgar a genius who created a sort of macabre horror, created poems that where very memorable and quietly disturbing.  One of the poems I have in my head once in a while is Annabel Lee.  I then decided to paint a portrait of the the beautiful Annabel Lee.  Who else would...

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Two Portraits of Jesus Christ

Happy Easter Everyone! I'm celebrating Easter with two newly crafted works of art, "Easter" and "Son of Man".  I felt compelled to create an interesting portrait of Jesus Christ.  Every time I paint Jesus, I paint him with different features.  Maybe one will have a long beard, one might have a longer nose, one might have thin lips or one will have a different hair style.  Anyway you look at it my paintings of christ are all ways unique from each other. The Portrait This Easter I wanted to create a portrait with a piercing gaze, a direct look, right into your soul.  I originally intended this to be a happier portrait, but it turned out differently.  This portrait features ...

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The Myth of Medusa from Greek Mythology

Medusa from Greek Mythology Perhaps of of the most famous characters in Greek Mythology is the gorgon known as Medusa.  The snake haired creature that turns you into stone.  In the Greek mythology, Medusa is a creature, a monster.  She is the daughter of Keto and Phorkys. She also had other two siblings namely Sthenno and Euryale.  Among all of the three siblings, Medusa is the only one who is mortal. Whenever people would look straight into her eyes, they will instantly turn into stones.  This would be great for a sculpture garden, but it doesn't really work if you where the person being turned to stone. The Beautiful Medusa Medusa wasn't always like this. She once had golden hair, and was...

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Old Medicine Shows

In the nineteenth century, many people believed humanity had actually conquered the world through science. Technological advances were on a roll, and factories were popping up everywhere. It seemed like the golden age for inventions and new patents of every type. Some people got rich. As a result of the seeming invincibility of science, medicine shows were everywhere. In each small town, a well-dressed man with a wagon full of cure-alls would show up. He had the gift of tongue: he entertained, sometimes performed some magic trick, he spoke in a familial way, he could enthrall with stories, he could persuade. Sometimes the con could go even further - he'd have an assistant, someone whose job it was to show...

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The Allure of Cleopatra

Long, long before the famous 1960s movie starring Elizabeth based on Cleopatra's life came out, the Egyptian queen had been a powerhouse in people's imagination. She continues to attract attention today. She was powerful, alluring, and intelligent. She knew how to rule and fight. She spoke at least seven languages. Known for her affairs with the great Roman emperor Julius Caesar as well as the politician and general Mark Antony, she's portrayed in film and stories as beautiful, dangerous, and shrewd.  The truth, of course, is somewhere in between.  What we do know is that Cleopatra lived from 69 BC to 30 BC. She was from the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egyptian rulers and the last queen of Egypt. She was highly...

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