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    Maureen's Cave

    With this amount of darkness, I hope this shows up ok on here. It shows ok on my desktop and my laptop, so hopefully it will be ok.

    As I recall, the story goes thus....
    In the early 1800s, an Irish lass we shall call Maureen,being of the Irish Royal bloodline and fearing for her life, fled from Ireland, . She stowed away on a ship in the harbor, not knowing that it was a pirate ship. Two days underway, she was discovered.
    As luck would have it, she and the pirate captain fell for each other, to the point that when they arrived on American shores, he left the sea forever, and took her with him.
    From town to town they searched for a home, but always her enemies followed, determined to kill her.
    Finally, he came to Clay County, Arkansas, and bought a farm far from the nearest town. Realizing that her enemies would not easily give up, he searched for, and found, a hideaway for Maureen. It was a cave in the remote section of their property, that could not be seen until one was right on top of it.
    The ex-pirate captain stocked it full of provisions, and told her that she would have to live there for a year. He would stay with her whenever he was not working in the fields. After a year, they could chance her living in the house with him, for by then, her enemies would probably have left America.
    Unfortunately, after only a few months, they found the house, broke in, and the ex-pirate managed to kill three of them before he was overpowered and killed himself. The killers searched high and low, but were never able to find Maureen.
    At this point, the facts are sketchy...
    Most say that realizing he must have been killed, Maureen attempted to cross the Mississippi in a canoe, trying to reach Tennessee. Unfortunately, she made her attempt at the same time the New Madrid earthquake occurred, and they say - she must have drowned.
    However, as the old timers say, a few whispers came around that she never gave up on the idea that her lover would return to her. The story goes that she never left the cave except at night, when she foraged for food. Some say she spent the remainder of her life in her secret cave, secure in her faith that the ex-pirate captain would return to her.
    Most of the folks in the area today scoff at that notion, reminding everyone --
    "it's just a legend".
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    Last edited by barnburner; 08-04-2010 at 11:13 AM.
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    Oh Mike, this is totally cool! Great painting and story as well.
    Last edited by Alexandra; 08-04-2010 at 11:44 AM.

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    Nice and cool. Thanks Barn.

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    it seem there was many bone in your cave, haha... exciting thinking...
    ... good job
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    Great story to go with a nice piece of work. What a great idea, take a legend and draw a picture from the image it makes in your mind.

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    Sandy - Thank you Ma'm... I'm so glad you liked them.

    Oriane - I appreciate your kind comments. Thank you.

    Goldenrosa - Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
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    Fantastic, as the viewer I feel like i'm a troglodyte looking out at the world.
    The legend was a wonderful read, thanks for sharing that
    Last edited by Juz; 08-04-2010 at 02:56 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carlcath View Post
    Great story to go with a nice piece of work. What a great idea, take a legend and draw a picture from the image it makes in your mind.
    Thank you very much. I'm truly glad you liked it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juz View Post
    Fantastic, as the viewer I feel like i'm a troglodyte looking out at the world.
    The legend was a wonderful read, thanks for sharing that
    That painting of looking from the inside out, was harder to do that I expected. It's kind of the reverse of painting snow - instead of a whiteout glare, you get a blackout glare, which hides flaws. I spent most of the day trying different lighting and correcting stuff.
    Thank you very much for your kind comments.
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    Hi Barnburner, you know I commented on this yesterday and something weird happened, after I clicked on submit reply, it came up that I was in the wrong forum so here goes again lol....Barnburner I love this one, it is my favorite, you made me feel like I was in the cave looking out, although I dont think the bones were there yesterday, so it is scary and fun also today
    just love it, great job

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