Mary Lekoshere Illustrated

Annabel Lee
October 16, 2009, 12:06 am
Filed under: Octboer 31 Project

Well I have managed to finish before midnight. I represent here the idea I wished to portray…but it is not executed as well as it could be. This shows a problem I have developed and one that I dare say is not limited to just me. I have lingered too long in “illustration”…I am too used to distorting reality. I have been too long away from Human Anatomy drawing class and tedious renderings of baskets and cardboard boxes and animal skulls. My drawing skills are lacking, but I intend to improve them. Tomorrow, I am thinking of a pencil drawing. We’ll see what happens. Drawing from life presents a challenge as I must stick to one spot, and it might not be a spot I want to stick in for a night of artwork :). I wish I could return to my first and greatest love in regards to painting: oil. But oils require studio space, which I have, actually, but it is located at a friend’s and I am not able to get there much.

Anyway, my husband has already off to bed and I’m tired and ink stained and not completely pleased with this piece I present to you. I hope you enjoy it, however.

P.S. If the image appears “creepy” to you…please consider the author of the following poem. Considering him, I assure you, the piece is not creepy enough.

Author: Edgar Allan Poe
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love –
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulcher
In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me
Yes! that was the reason
(as all men know, In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we
Of many far wiser than we
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
In the sepulcher there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.
Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee


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wow…just wow.

Comment by Melissa Goff

She is beautiful!

Comment by Vicki Houpt

I am really enjoying every piece you create. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Anne

that WAS a creepy poem :o) But thankfully, you portrayed the beautiful part of the poem…and she’s gorgeous. At least you didn’t paint them as children….. :o) lol…great job!!!

Comment by Hannah Rice

ahh… poe, call me weird but he’s one of my favorite authors. and i really like this poem too… it is said that the poem’s inspiration is from poe’s underage wife/cousin but who knows for sure, best bet would be to ask the Poe Toaster…

Comment by ian

Mary, it’s not what I imagined but a million times better. She’s amazing, and fits perfectly! and the guardians on the side are so cool, what a great idea. and the city… cool. I love it. You got creepy and beautiful in the same painting. Way to go.

Comment by Amy Copeland

Beautiful! Thank you!

Comment by Rynda

Mary – I love how beautiful and dreamy you make Annabel Lee! I do have to say however, that my second thought was that the angels look exactly like those on the curtains (or was it the walls?) in the little movie theater place on campus. :)

Comment by Erin DePaz

haha! yes, those angels entered my head while thinking up this project

Comment by marylekoshereillustrated

Isn’t it amazing that “Annabel Lee” writes about Poe as Frankenstein….what a contrast in their Marriage

Comment by Dan Creps

oops….I got my literary history mixed up…please retract my previous post….This isn’t Wikapedia

Comment by Dan Creps


Comment by marylekoshereillustrated

the poem and your creation are both so emotive, really fantastic imagery … oddly I don’t find it all that dark even with the killing and chilling …. seems to go so much deeper than that … really Love this piece Mary
the city scape at first made me think of St Petersburg Russia

Comment by ~*~Patty

…beautiful…don’t suppose you’d be willing to sell some prints?

Comment by Lou

Ah, thank you, but I HAVE no prints. :( The painting was too large for me to make prints the inexpensive way I was making them… and now the original is gone. Soon, I will have my etsy shop loaded up with art and more coming. Maybe another piece will float along that you will like. :)

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