Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The Death of Ann Hibbins
This is a quick painting I did after doing some reading about the times before and during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Being from Boston (Lynn, Ma, which is literally about 6 minutes from Salem), I read about and visited many of the places where these events took place as a child and been able to experience how history forged the culture of the city today. I have an unshakable love for that place that stuck with me way past my departure from New England.
ANYWAY, this story was just one that hit me hard enough for me to paint something to get the emotion out. It's another photoshop piece as lately I don't have the paper (or patience) to start a chalk pastel piece. Black and white just seemed appropriate...
I won't discuss the entire event, but Mrs. Hibbins was one of five people killed for being labeled as a Witch BEFORE what came to be known as the Salem Witch Trials.
Salem is now a place of much importance celebration for witches these days, coming from around the world to go to the place of these atrocities to remember those who have passed. Not to mention a beautiful, diverse, scenic city. Funny how things come around, huh? Man I miss that place.
Ahh....it's fall and Halloween's almost here. Thank the gods!