The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
Art: From time to time, I receive requests for my art. If you would like to look at more of my art, go to The Failed Artist. If you would like to buy my art, email me. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Food, Shelter, and Clothing for Kenny

Since I clearly don’t have enough to do, I’ve decided to start an art blog. Now is your chance to support a skilled craftsman; buy my art so I can pay Kenny. If you're interested, email me here.

These are a couple of oil painting sketches I recently finished. I won’t go into all the gory details here, but these are quick sketches (45 minutes to an hour or so) that I do to loosen up before work on larger projects. I’m hoping to produce at least 3 or 4 of these a week; whether I manage to or not is an entirely different questions.


If you’re looking for a Devil Queen connection, both of these paintings are the view from my son’s future bedroom.

3 Comments:

Blogger jm@houseinprogress said...

Consider me in awe (in awe!) of your talent. Wow. I even hopped on over to what you call your "offical" art site and LOVED the illustrations titled: plumbing, voodoo contracting and no place like home.

http://www.ahlenart.net/illustrations.htm

Please, please post those on your blog. I'll count up my pennies and keep an eye on your art blog.

3:35 PM  
Blogger jm@houseinprogress said...

okay, the illustrations "trepidation" and "sacrifice" also require a shout-out. I mean, they ALL do, but those are especially meaningful to housebloggers.

3:48 PM  
Blogger John said...

Wow, thanks. I don't feel all that worthy, but thank you none the less.

A couple of these were posted in the distant past, but I'd be more than happy to post them all again.

If the pennies don't quite add up and there is something you can't live without, let me know. The Devil Queen has been known to accept barter for sacrifice.

What do you think about T-shirts?

10:16 AM  

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