Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Edgar A. Poe!

Poe Requilary, Revisited
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I had worked on this triptych  for my Smeared and Smudged Blog Hop post but it wasn't quite finished. So in honor of Poe's birthday I finally completed the piece. It had photographed rather "new" looking so first of all I gave it a darker black wash and wiped it off... again. MUCH better. Then I turned the triptych over to add THE MAN BEHIND POE, THE POUGHKEEPSIE SEER, ANDREW JACKSON DAVIS. Davis was a clairvoyant whose lectures on mesmerism Poe had attended before writing "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". Davis, (born in Blooming Grove, NY, 1826) moved to Poughkeepsie, NY in 1843 when he was 17. He died in Boston January 13, 1910, just 6 days shy of Poe's birthday. Who cares? You may ask that! I grew up in Poughkeepsie and a few years ago they celebrated Poe-keepsie (pronounced the same way) at Vassar College for The Big Read. The lectures by Davis that Poe attended may or may not have influenced him, but I would like to think so. Therefore... I added THE MAN BEHIND POE both as a play on words and to add a personal touch to the triptych. 

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Without further ado I am submitting the triptych to Quoth The Raven for their Quest #28: Anything Poes.


  1. Oh how cooooool !!! I would love to live in that place - can you imagine being in a place named after your hero :-D This is a superb creation and I love how you put the Davis piece behind. Great idea.
    Thank you for playing along with us at QUOTH THE RAVEN :-)

    IKE x

  2. Thank you very much for this post!
    Amazing project!
    Good luck!

  3. Such a fabulous piece of art! Thank you for joining us at Quoth the Raven xx