First Night Design | “My arms are too long!” #Art

Woman in Black © Sarah Vernon
Woman in Black © Sarah Vernon

I’ve called my latest piece Woman in Black, not because she is dressed in black, but because the scene I’ve created reminds me of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. If you’ve only ever seen the stage adaptation (still running in London at the Fortune Theatre), I strongly recommend reading the book: it is genuinely intriguing, frightening and mysterious.


The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill

Yet again, I’ve used the Chinese print from the Library of Congress at Flickr and blended it once more with the Beguiling-18 texture from 2 Lil’ Owls. The costumed lady (Ida Rubinstein) by Ballet Russes artist Léon Bakst is from Wikimedia.

The title of this post is because Mr FND said he thought woman’s arms were unusually long and that reminded me of absurdist playwright NF Simpson’s play, One Way Pendulum, in which one of the characters keeps complaining that her arms are too long! If you’re interested in learning more about Simpson, click here for a reblog from The Guardian on Rogues & Vagabonds which I was prompted to post by writing about Simpson here.

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art England
Saatchi Art

Take care and keep laughing!


12 thoughts on “First Night Design | “My arms are too long!” #Art

  1. I read the book when it came out (80s?) and it captures the Gothic style very well. I don’t think that the Daniel Radcliffe film really got the sense of it though.
    The arms? I did a field test. My arms hang a good six inches higher than the lady’s when I am standing. I therefore have to agree with Mr FND, they are too long.(Or she had unusually long arms from birth…)
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. The book makes a welcome change from the manufactured, effects-heavy horror crap we see on screen these days. It’s a Victorian mystery par excellence and written in the 70s. Thanks for visiting, Jason!


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