The grave site of the beautiful Corinne Elliott Lawton
“Stones and rocks were used to prevent the deceased from rising up and escaping the body as a spirit, to torment others. It is also a Jewish custom to place a stone or pebble on a headstone to indicate that you have visited the grave and to indicate respect for the deceased”
The Baldwin Angel
This piece was intended to have a meaning of Life & Death or Life After Death... the strangling, poisonous & thorny vines of death wrapping themselves around the gravesite juxtaposed to the sunny daisies blanketing the gravesite of the deceased, Augustus P. Schafer... Daisies are known to be Freya's sacred flower & thus meaning mother, childbirth or in this case, new beginnings (after death). I always try to use my own photographs, I went out & photographed some vines which I composited into the original image. The vines proved to be my match & were nearly the death of me! I encountered one problem after the next as if Augustus was screaming from the grave, "NO! THat's not right! Do it again!" repeatedly over & over.... then the saying, "Pushing up daisies" came to mind, which is a bit less romantic... but he gave me such a hard time! I had even just recently re-edited the piece to it's current state 6 months later because I/Augustus was still not content! Oh Augustus Picky Fuss Schafer!!! Thou doth vex me! haha!
Friendship, Love, Trust
Composite with textures & color toning in Photoshop
Corinne Elliott Lawton has had a special place in my heart ever since we met this past summer. I fell in love with her stunning beauty as a statue at first sight. I then created a piece of artwork based upon her visage & her story which, I believe in my heart, to be the beginning of my journey down the path to my destiny. This past trip to Savannah I spent a considerable amount of private time sitting by her side, counseling with her, her deteriorating delicate hand in mine. I find peace when I’m in her “presence”. Maybe it’s in my head, but I feel she consoles me. She is my crashing ocean wave, my night time crickets, my evening rain shower.... she is my solace, my guiding light. Her epitaph reads, “Allured to brighter worlds & led the way” & so she continues to lead the way to brighter worlds. I owe Corinne a great deal - she is way more than a statue or a gravesite to me - might I mention her statue is noted to be one of the most haunted in Bonaventure... her gentle spirit continues to guide me ... for these reasons & so much more, I have given her “Life”.