"A sombre yet beautiful and peaceful gloom here pervaded all things"
Edgar Allan Poe
from The Island of the Fay
Digging through some old artwork yesterday, I stumbled upon this figure study from college. Perfect, Halloween decor for my office. Then I noticed....my entire house is a bit halloweenish all year round.
An antique etching hung on the exposed brick of my office.
A tasteful (in the eye of the beholder) illustration of a hip replacement I created years ago.
How has this not scared my children yet?
18th century painting of a grostesque (I think it's pretty) medical condition. Yes, that is an ear in the foreground...another project from school, a prosthetic...I worked hard on that, it's staying.
Sure, all above perfectly acceptable for the studio of a medical illustrator right? But it continues throughout the house...which I truly did not notice until today. Old paper, books and photographs....vignettes of "peaceful gloom?" Welcome to my haunted house.
Another figure study from college whose paper has oxidized over the years to a sombre ochre. Dang, even the girls' silhouettes look eerie.
Another project from my college days...a cemetery...I swear I wasn't creepy.
An old photo of the Hugenot Church in Charleston, SC.
Two hundred year old inherited documents...
...held together with a faded ribbon.
Remnants of a dead animal in the foyer.
Is it just this time of year...when everything just looks a little spooky?