The Visitor ©2012 - I've always been a Poe fan and had thought of doing a still life with elements that reference him for awhile but just never seem to get around to it. With the new movie "The Raven" starring John Cusack opening this week, I was inspired to finally do it. An antique black table cover seemed the perfect backdrop and the collection of Poe books in my house provided the key element. The reflection of him in the old mirror is thought to be from the last portrait sitting before his death taken by William Abbott Pratt in 1849. The book open to the first page of "The Raven" was an obvious choice as well as the candle and glass of port wine but the pears were just something that appealed to me. What could be better on a rainy night than curling up in a comfy chair with some port, pears and Poe? When my backyard blackbird (a raven wannabe) stopped by "Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door- Only this and nothing more."