Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Three Muses Challenge - Blackbirds

First of all, I apologize to all my blog friends for not keeping up with my comments this week. My brother passed peacefully away and, as his next of kin, all the arrangements were my responsibility and it was a real eye-opener to realise just how many arrangements there are to be dealt with.

Mr E.A. Poe was known to enjoy a drink or two and he possibly visited at least one "gin joint" in his life where he may have encountered a blackbird. Well, anything's possible! Perhaps the raven quoth more than "Nevermore"! Perhaps, not having an original thought in his tiny brain, he had to borrow from the experts - in this case the screenwriters of Casablanca!! So apologies to Humphrey Bogart and the writers for shamelessly using their famous quote.
Image was Googled and altered. Background, also altered, by Irene Alexeeva.

25 comments:

Lori Saul said...

I am sorry for the loss of your brother Marie and I know it can be trying to tend to all of the arrangements. So glad to see your beautiful and creative art though always infused with your touch of wonderful wit!

peggy gatto said...

I am sorry about your brother. I will look for the new star in the sky tonight.
your piece is
PRICELESS!!!!
I know Bogy would approve!!!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Marie...I am so sorry to hear about your brother...I send you my heartfelt sympathy...

your piece is so surreal...I love this piece and the mysterious nature of it....

Hugs
Diana

Judy said...

First of all my condolences to you & your family on the passing of your brother. Thank you for your birthday wishes, too!
Love your 'dark' piece, too, everything comes together so well!

tammy said...

Very sorry to hear about your brother. What a wonderful piece that you were able to still accomplish considering everything you have had to do. Very dark looking, probably goes along with how you have been feeling. Love the piece.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Excellent artwork, Marie. Extending sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear brother. It is so difficult losing the ones you love. Hugs, Gayle.

Sandy said...

Yeah this rock.
AAP is perfect for the theme. Stunning work Marie.

Elegia said...

I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. I think the sadness can be seen in your image too, which is somehow very thoughtful. And touching. I like it lot as your all works!

Rosie said...

I am so sorry for your loss Marie... and I love your Poe-piece. It's full of wonderful wit... and atmosphere - no apolgy necessary!!

Femmy said...

What a perfect collage for this theme Marie!!!

johanna said...

my condolences, too... hard times for sure... wishing you strength!

the artwork is great as always, i love poe´s raven and this piece is just fantastic!!!

mary.kg said...

Désolée Marie pour votre Frère Recevez toutes mes condoléances et ma sympathie.
Beaucoup de courage à vous et votre famille.
Avec mon amitié Mary.KG

Terri Kahrs said...

Marie, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Be sure to take care of YOU, as I'm sure it's been a stressful and difficult time. My prayers are with you and your family.

You've done Mr. Poe proud with this dark, yet witty, piece! I don't think this Casablanca screenwriters would mind your interpretation at all! Hugs & blessings, Terri xoxo

papercracker said...

Love the humor in this! Awesome dark background, so appropriate for Poe.

indybev said...

This is darkly wonderful, Marie! I love the way you "married" Poe and Casablanca! Only you!

You've been on my heart all week, my friend. Strength be yours.

Eila A said...

Please accept my condolences, Marie! - Thank you for this challenge, which gave me a chance to praise the beginning of spring here. Your entry is superb, I love your black sense of humour!

Janny said...

So sorry about your brother.

You made a great collage again.

peppapig said...

Sorry to hear your sad news Marie.

I love your pic and you don't half make me laugh with the wonderful stories that accompany our work!!

Jayne x

LiveArt said...

So sorry to hear about your brother Marie, please accept my heartfelt condolances. It's so hard loosing a loved one. Hope you remember to care for yourself, Marie. I'll be praying for you and yours.

love and hugs,
Linda

Shar said...

Completely fabulous!

Kathy said...

Marie, You are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so, so sorry about your brother. It must have been such I hard week. I cannot even imagine. I have only one sister and she is my best friend. Just Thursday night we had a long discussion about blackbirds (ravens and crows) and she enlightened me about some of their more gruesome habits (she, being a REAL English teacher, and not just a special ed one, is more learned than I). she was painting blackbirds on a box. Your Mr. Poe is delightful, if one can use that adjective to describe such a wonderfully macabre subject! I'll be thinking of you.

Love,
Kathy

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Edgar is a fav guy of mine, you have captured his sense of mystery and more Marie! Great inspiration piece and challenge, thank you once again!
oxo

nancy said...

Haha! Incredible! Beautiful work and very funny!
My prayers are with you as you deal with your loss.
Love,
Nancy

Lorraine said...

I am sorry for the loss of your brother but he is in a better place now.
I love this piece and the quote..I used to love watching Bogart films

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

So dark and mysterious, it inspired me for my card, thank you so much for sharing all your creative ideas!
Hugs Anja