Soul on canvas

Portrait next to glass of sangria

Copyright – Janet Webb

Miguel was a true artist, able to capture the soul of his muse on canvas.

Leaning back in his chair and swilling sangria in a large wine glass he regarded his latest work – the glow of her porcelain skin which contrasted so with her ruby lips, copper hair framing her emerald eyes which themselves were set within the redness born of tears…

He’d had to imprison her in the darkness of his basement for weeks to ensure she looked just right before he crafted her portrait; weeks.

Bathed in warm sunlight he smiled, wondering who his next victim would be.


About TheImaginator

35 year old sciolist living in Tokyo. I like swing dancing, Twitter word games, writing, using, reading, and watching movies. I write stuff on my blog occasionally.
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49 Responses to Soul on canvas

  1. Dear Imaginator,

    There’s a man who really gives his all or his art. Or would that be “takes it all?” Nicely done.



  2. Subroto Pant says:

    That is such a chilling story and excellent narration. Nicely done.

  3. Yeesh, I’ll never complain about being forced to pose for a picture again…

  4. znjavid says:

    Yikes, I’m never agreeing to have my picture done.

  5. K.Z. says:

    all for the love of art. delightfully dark.

  6. Glynis says:

    I love the narrative voice, so cold and distant, great for this chilling story!

  7. helenmidgley says:

    Basements have a lot to answer for, great job 😉

  8. That was a scary twist at the end. I’m womdering if he tied her in the chair when he posed her.

  9. OOOH, very creepy, darling. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “Still Life”

  10. This was a very effective piece. Will never be able to look at a canvas the same way again.

  11. The description was really alluring then . . .creepy madman. Great writing.

  12. MrBinks says:

    Nice and creepy. Top stuff.

  13. Adam Ickes says:

    A true artist. Sometimes one must make “sacrifices.”

  14. Hannah says:

    Oh creepy! A kidnapper/killer who paints his victims–what a great idea. Nicely done!

  15. atrm61 says:

    Eeps!What a horrible fellow-poor muse(s)-am sure they did not care about portraying their souls on his damned canvas! A cool write 😉

  16. hugmamma says:

    hmmm…beautiful, young things had better be wary about modeling for an artist…

  17. storydivamg says:

    Creepy. I like the story. For your consideration: I found myself bogged down reading the second paragraph, had to read a couple times before moving on.
    The ending makes my skin crawl.

  18. Miguel! Great atmosphere here. Well done.

  19. camgal says:

    Woah…that was deep. Guess his creative process is one of those you marvel at in fear. Well written or crafted. 🙂

  20. AnnIsikArts says:

    I have to ask myself if the girl’s ‘readiness’ in the artist’s eyes, was in fact post mortem. You don’t say explicitly one way or the other. Good! I would read more of this.

  21. Very good writing – creepy, but good! Thanks.

  22. I definitely wasn’t expecting those last two line! Well done.
    -Alicia Audrey

  23. Chilling and gruesome! Unexpected ending. Great job!

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