Day 4 - Haunted House - Reliquary

Day 4 - Haunted House - Reliquary

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Day 4 of #inktobershapeshifted : Haunted House


She just wanted some peace, at least that is what she kept telling herself as she wore her lace shawl threadbare. Some flowers from the hedgerow her friend had said would keep her husband just ill enough to be under the weather. Perhaps one too many flowers from the woody nightshade made its way into his daily tea, or perhaps her friend had known the truth all along and was enacting her own scheme. Some peace and quiet from his endless scrutiny...just some peace. Now her days were plagued with silent terror as her husband's ghost tormented her; stuck in the house after the poison choked the life from him. She, a captive in a society that held no place for unchaperoned women. Soon, two ghosts will haunt the mansion and each other until the end of days.

Day 4 brings us a gothic tale. A mystery woman from a Victorian cabinet card offered a nameless portrait with no history. So I thought I would give her one. This reliquary is the instrument of how the house became haunted: woody nightshade flowers are a pretty poison but deadly for tea. Topped with a delicate flower and bound in lace and green wax. A bit of a play and interpretation on the theme that I had a bit of fun with!

#inktober or #drawlloween for those unfamiliar with the concept, occurs each October. It began with some artists posting prompts and took off and now many different prompts exist: new themes for each day for artists all over the world to offer their interpretation! I loved the concept, but as I am not a visual artist by way of pen, ink, or brush, I decided to make my own version I am calling #inktobershapeshifted: using the prompts to create my own offerings for the month around given themes. The themes chosen are from Manière Noire’s #noirlifestyleprompts and I am very excited to keep posting them throughout the month. These creations I offer to you are one of a kind, created specifically for each day and theme. I sincerely hope you enjoy them and will treasure them as I enjoyed creating them!

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