Sunday, April 5, 2009

*** Annabel Lee ***

Self Portrait of The Romantic Artist
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Annabel Lee

Once upon a Time …

…there lived a little girl by the sea who longed to live in a far away land of pastures, forests and sea.
As she grew up her dream never ceased but intensified to an ultimate most for not a day passed that her mind did not think of the secret place hidden from all!
She dreamed of finding a beautiful very old home made of stone with a roof made out of grass and windows that sparkled like diamonds by the light of the candlelight or of the sun ….in their fractured beauty and timeless fashion; they would set the stage for a magical place for her to reflect in the moment.
There in a mossy glen concealed from the eye of the lively crowds, she nestles inside on cold evening nights and reads all of her favorite poetry and learns of the artists she so much enjoys being inspired by in creating her art. By the roaring hearth sunk in a chair three times larger than her with two furry companions, one on her lap and the other by the side of her chair she can’t think of a better place to be on this earth.
From her top bedroom window she rises each morn to the soft song of the wrens and the cooing of morning doves and looks out to the bay of the romantic surfing shore and dreams of a captain or pirate arriving ,whatever her mood ,she so does , for the day, after all is her very own dream. Days spent by the shore collecting seashells, tiny small stars and opaque sea foam glass and maybe a treasure or two lost to someone out there, who knows for each day would bring adventure , intrigue and a breath of supreme happy intuition.. Oh what pleasures this sort of world would be…if only

About a little less then a year ago I discovered a nurturing and inspiring artist group through a gal named SuziBlu. I have wanted to be an artist forever but can’t draw too well and of course I am an incurable romantic at heart. Through Suzi’s class I discovered once again my love for art and that I could actually do a bit of drawing.

Reaching mid life means doing something extravagant and I think mine is art for I am totally drawn to it presently and collect complete pleasure and fulfillment from it. I don’t have the tools or the special creative studio space some enjoy but I am getting there slowly.

I now have an addiction to digital graphics as well as my altered art, photography and stain glass, just to name a few of my art explorations. Art is very therapeutic and great for anyone who so is inclined to try their hand at it. I promise you’ll find some happiness in it for sure.

The little story above is of me of course and it tells of all of the luvs and dreams I have. From Fairytales, poetry, England and the sea to old lace, old stone homes and hearths , big comfy chairs, old books and old tales, spiders and webs….of more than one kind…hehe , captains , ghosts , pirates , treasures, gardens and secrets and an obsession with an old movie entitled “The Collector”…probably the root to my adoring England so much!

This drawing of a girl was my first attempt and although I never finished “Doria”… her hair is not complete nor her face, basically Doria! I gave her another chance and integrated her into my digital collage. In a way the design characterizes the elements of what I stand for and luv…tattered, old, used, unfinished, beauty found in the rough and imperfect world. OOh and the name Annabelle....husband gave it to me when I was 19 years old , he knew I luved Annabel Lee { the poem} and Poe and the sea and my birth name is Anna so he nicknamed me Annabelle.

In the end the vision of the artist you gather is that of one old gal who has an unending passion for the country, the sea, solitude, England and of the long gone past. A gal who finds beauty in the most of unlikely places.
Now you know a little bit more about me……

1 comment:

Dzintra Ingrid said...

Hi Annabel Lee...thank you so much for your visits and your very lovely comment on the change of my blog background♥
Your background here is still black with the gorgeous little dots floating around...love dem dots!!!
Your self portrait to me shows such a longing in those big eyes♥
And it shows you are Princess of the Sea with that cool crown♥
Thank you also for checking out My Dolce Vita...just felt like I had to put all the course stuff somewhere...when I finish it I will probably keep it up with recipes I find and places I go too...not much stitching happening here lately♥
Your take care Dear One with that knee of yours...I know what surgery is like coming out of it myself not so long ago♥
I just adore your art work...Dzintra♥

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*** Atta Boy Luther ***

“It was terrible. It was just terrible. I'll never get over it as long as I live".......
From back in the Sixties to now this is one favorite ghost tale that will happily haunt me infinitely.

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*** Poe Stories ***

*** Poe Stories ***
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"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." Eleonora


Remembering Dreams

"Arousing from the most profound of slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream. Yet in a second afterward, (so frail may that web have been) we remember not that we have dreamed." The pit and the pendulum

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"And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave."- from Pit and the Pendulum
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*** Snow Angel "Grace " ` No costume needed

Snow Angel "Grace" ~No costume needed! There is no other way to describe this gal...she is a beaut! Luv her!

*** Gremlins ***

*** Gremlins ***
Does your father usually give you vicious little monsters for a present?

*** Halloween Moon ***


Happy Sweet Sixteen Birthday Emma

Happy 16th Halloween Birthday Emma by Annabellelee Have a very Happy 16th Birthday this Halloween Emma Luv Mom, Dad, Ty, Another digital graphic done on Polyvore Annabelle

*** Nine Little Spooky Goblins ***

Nudge Ogle Wink,Nudge, Nudge, Wink WinkNine little spooky goblins stared behind the bubble glassso carefully they watched my every step upon the grassTis alarming when a stranger comes thru hereFor no one ever dare comes nearTheir home, once sat upon a witches head so steepBut now has found a secret box to keep…~ Annabelle

A Little Spooky Treasure Box I made last Halloween

* ~ Spirit of the Night ~

* ~ Spirit of the Night ~
Soon it will be Hallows Eve...Time to create Art from the Dark Side ***Annabelle

" Halloween Flight "

"Halloween Flight" by Annabellelee Made this collage on Polyvore. I should really start using my Dreamweaver and make some on that....In time.Too many things on the go at the moment. ~Annabelle

~ Turn of the Screw ~

~ Turn of the Screw ~
A Flickr mosaic I made some time ago ~ Annabelle


~ "Magic of the Night"...A study in Blue...Color of my Desires. My first painting{the moon}incorporated into a flickr mosaic. ~ Annabelle

*** Magic in the Woods ***

Starry, originally uploaded by Zsaj.

"For in an instance I did think I’d seen a zillion stars ablaze" When I had discovered the magical grove of fossilized crystals I thought I had seen stars. This is what it looked like only on the ground amongst the moss. Thanks to Zsaj for helping me interpret the scene I had discovered a few summers past.

~ Dreaming by a Moonlit Sea ~

~ Enchantments ~

Enchantment New
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We live in a World of Enchantment We Only Have to Believe ~Annabelle

~ Peter Rabbit ~

Needed a break from woodburning and painting so I tried this lovely little toy{ Polyvore Digital Workshop } and created this collage. This is a great way for creating a virtual one before attempting a real mixed media collage, although this is art in itself. Thanks Cindy from "My Romantic Home "http://www.romantichome.blogspot.com/, for introducing this great little gadget. I think I'm hooked!

* ~ Once Upon a Butterfly Dream ~


~ Annabelle

* ~ Twilight at Sea ~

Another collage I created inspired by the poem "Twilight at Sea" I used dragonflies instead of birds...I luv them both but I adore how their gossamer wings catch the light. ~Annabelle

Twilight at Sea

The Twilight Hours like birds flew by,
As lightly and as free;
Ten thousand stars were in the sky,
Ten Thousand on the sea;
For every wave with dimpled face,
That leaped upon the air,
Had caught a star in its embrace,
And held it trembling there.

Amelia Coppuck Welby

* ~ Until We Meet Again ~

This collage is part of a poem I am presently writing for a very good friend who just recently lost his spouse. ~ Annabelle

~ Somewhere in England On Christmas Night ~

~ Somewhere in England On Christmas Night ~
I have always Luved the Old English leaded glass windows

~ Winter Dreams ~

~ Winter Dreams ~
Sunflowers in the Snow...Dreaming ~ Christmas in Canada ~ Annabelle

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*** A Good Witches Brew ***
Flickr Favs Mosaic ~Annabelle