Friday, September 25, 2009
Gathering at the Death Bed - gothic art
Last week I said I would post a followup to this painting (The Clock Watcher) which was inspired by a scene in an antique shop in a bad werewolf movie I was enjoying. As I mentioned then, I found some of the visuals in that film (which was actually from 1979, as it turns out, and called Wolfman) very interesting and they stuck with me. The opening scene in particular I thought was just visually a lot of fun and I wanted to put it on canvas in some form.
The details of the plot escape me, but all that matters for the purpose of the painting were that it had a background of dark green wallpaper, and an oval mirror. A dark-haired couple stood in the flickering candlelight, which reflected green on their dark hair. That image seemed like a classic old-fashioned, gothic horror movie image to me. A Victorian house, with candelabras and antique furniture, large mirrors and portraits; ornate wallpaper or wood-paneled corridors. Perhaps there were some taxidermy specimens there as well. And everyone always looking ominously at everything.
I would love to live in a house like that. I live in a town right now with a strange mixture of houses -- many of them are in fact large and roughly Victorian era. There's one I gaze at longingly every day, with the windows boarded over, and the paint peeling. It looks like a great place to live but I know that realistically it probably needs new plumbing or something dreary like that. But if it was haunted, it would totally be worth all the hassle!