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Diane G. Casey

New York USA

Spirits of the Dead


Art: Spirits of the Dead by Artist Diane G. Casey

For this month's Nibblefest theme: "Illustrate a Story or Poem", I chose an Edgar Allen Poe poem to illustrate.


"Spirits of the Dead" By Edgar Allen Poe (1827)

Thy soul shall find itself alone 'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone; Not one, of all the crowd, to pry Into thine hour of secrecy.

Be silent in that solitude, Which is not loneliness- for then

The spirits of the dead, who stood In life before thee, are again In death around thee, and their will Shall overshadow thee; be still.

The night, though clear, shall frown, And the stars shall not look down From their high thrones in the Heaven With light like hope to mortals given, But their red orbs, without beam, To thy weariness shall seem As a burning and a fever Which would cling to thee for ever.

Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish, Now are visions ne'er to vanish; From thy spirit shall they pass No more, like dew-drop from the grass.

The breeze, the breath of God, is still, And the mist upon the hill Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken, Is a symbol and a token. How it hangs upon the trees, A mystery of mysteries!


This large piece is 18x24x1.5", and I used only one pigment, Payne's Gray which is a blue-ish gray (in varying shades) in it. There is some white of the canvas showing through, and alot of texture as well. The sides are painted in the undiluted shade of payne's gray which resembles a dark navy blue, so there's no need for expensive framing.

I signed it on the lower right hand side.


Detail Images


Detail Image for art Spirits of the Dead

Angled View Shows Deep Sides Painted

Detail Image for art Spirits of the Dead

Closeup of one of the

Detail Image for art Spirits of the Dead

Closeup 2 shows tiny SKULL

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