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Why am I so fascinated by old graveyards? Is it because they evoke the souls that lived before us, whose earthly remains quietly moulder beneath? And what of their spiritual beings? Do we feel their presence around us in these earthly surroundings?

It is the artist's privilege to imagine the unimaginable, to visualize the unseen, to give form to our hopes, our beliefs, and sometimes our fears.

Pamela C. submitted the perfect title for this painting. Sadly, though fittingly, Phantoms (as related by Pamela), is the title of a poem written some years ago by Neil Munn, a young man who died in an auto accident at the age of 16. Neil's short poem, which accompanied her submission, seemed an uncanny complement to this painting -- almost as if my image had been painted for it. And Phantoms was equally to the point.

The poem itself follows:

By Neil Munn

The shadows of crumbling tombstones lie
    Upon the moonlit ground,
The dampened air is fully filled,
    With shapes of the unsound,
Around the bending leaf-lost trees,
    The shadows that they give,
Dance mournfully without a sound,
    The risen dead, that live.

This painting is now dedicated to the memory of Neil Munn.

The phantoms in this scene arrived as I painted it, and crowded in by the dozen until the painting was filled to overflowing. You can certainly see some of them in the image above. Many more await your discovery.

And what shall we make of that solitary pot of brightly colored flowers?

This painting employs the somewhat impressionistic technique I've used previously, particularly for my popular subjects, The Homecoming, and Ghost House.

Medium Print size is 7.5" x 9.5", double matted (charcoal over a white liner), backed with rigid foam-core board, ready for framing in any readily available 11" x 14" frame. Shipped Priority Mail.

Large Print size is 12" x 18" on 13" x 19" paper. After I carefully inspect and sign your print, I'll slip it into its protective clear plastic envelope and carefully roll it for mailing to you, together with a page of helpful framing hints. Shipped Priority Mail.

Medium Print: $59.00
Large Print: $69.00
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