Ghostly Image: The Three Sisters


the three sisters
Ghostly Image: The Three Sisters (acrylic on canvased paper; ca. 30x23cm; July 2017)


It´s been a while since I painted one of my ghostly images, and I hope you will like this one!

It´s been inspired by the painting “Three Figures: Pink and Grey” by the American painter James Abbot McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). One of his most famous paintings is “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1”, more commonly known as “Whistler´s Mother”.

As you will see when you follow the link to his painting, I did not make an exact copy (which is never my goal anyway because a copy can never be as good as the original), but took the liberty to change certain aspects of the painting and thus give it perhaps another feeling/meaning.

For me, there´s a story in both of the paintings (I´m not sure if they are the same one, in fact, I´m quite sure it isn´t 😉 ) that I don´t want to impose on you here since it´s up to every viewer to make up his or her own mind. 🙂

I look forward to your comments and wish you all a beautiful and inspiring weekend!





Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

54 thoughts on “Ghostly Image: The Three Sisters

  1. Very nice indeed, Sarah. You had me at ghostly, ha ha…you know how I love a good ghost story. I like your interpretation of Whistler’s painting, taking it to a supernatural level. I thought the leaves on the trees kinda looked like little stars. Really lovely post, Sarah. I do enjoy your art work 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, Lana! 🙂
      I also love good ghost stories 😉 Just watched “Crimson Peak” by Guillermo Del Toro last weekend and it was deliciously goosebump-rising 😉
      Have a lovely day and a wonderful creative week, Lana! 🙂 Love! ❤

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  2. Lovely painting! Before I saw the title “The Three sisters” I had already pictured another story. I thought that there was only one woman and those beside her were Death and Life. She probably had faced a lot of problems and wanted to give up but then changed her mind. The tree marks a new beginning and hope. That’s why Death(on the left of her) looks closer because he can’t believe that woman chose to stay strong and keep fighting.

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  3. I like your ghostly take on the original painting, Miss G! It’s neat that you used the original and did your own spin on it. I like that you focused on the figures, leaving out much of the original background ~ It makes for a strong presence of these ghosts 🙂

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  4. Spooky and beautiful. They remind me of my sisters before they turned into skeletons.

    I didn’t know there were plant/tree ghosts! I feel better since my apple tree died last week. Maybe it will haunt me with applesauce. 😊👻🌳

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    1. LOL! 😀
      Thanks so much, Dead Donovan! I´m quite proud of having incidentally portrayed your sisters before they turned into skeletons 😉
      So sorry to hear about your apple tree though – maybe you should give it a good-bye gift to make it won´t haunt you with gallons of applesauce 😉 Although it might quite look good on you, you dripping with applesauce I mean, very scary I´m sure 🙂
      Have a hauntingly beautiful weekend! 🙂


  5. Dear Sarah, from all the different types of art you publish, I think I love your paintings the most…although I am still also in love with the statue of the silent woman you made.
    Your website is called Art Gallery; I still believe you’re art is worthy to be displayed at a gallery, for instance somewhere in Berlin. Wishing you a wonderful week! And as always, big hug 🙂 XxX

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    1. Aww – thank you so much, dear Patty! Your words make me so happy!
      Hopefully one day there will be an exhibition and then I will invite you of course 😄
      Wish you a very lovely week too! Big hug! 😄 xxx

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  6. Your painting is lovely Sarah. Haunting and yet so calm. I didn’t know the Whistler work, and while I can see the compositional similarities, your work feels very different. 🙂 xxxxx

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  7. The peace that your ghostly image imbues in me is wonderful. For me these are three sisters, now together eternally with their tree representative of the constance of re-birth. Xxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment, Osyth! I´m so glad you captured the sense of peace too that filled me when I painted it. And I love your interpretation of the tree as representative of the constance of re-birth!
      Hope everything is well with you and that you can enjoy beautiful summer days permeated with blossom-sweet air and warm sunshine! Much love! xxxxxxxxxx

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      1. I’ve been in England for 2 weeks where, as you know, sunshine is fickle. I return to France tomorrow but it has been a lovely interlude and possibly responsible for my peaceful disposition! Xxxxxxxxxx

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      2. As the bard perfectly put it: “Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, and often is his gold complexion dimmed…” 😉
        Glad you could reload your batteries in England! Have a wonderful week! xxxxxxxxxxx

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  8. To me, your painting channels the ghosts of Whistler’s painting. Your use of monochromatic colors gives me the feel of an afterimage, capturing people who are no longer of this world, but still bound to it in a dimension we rarely glimpse. It’s a haunting of “Three Figures: Pink and Grey”.
    Great work, Sarah! 😊💜

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    1. Aww, Cathy! You´ve made me so happy with your wonderful comment! Thank you so very much!
      The feel of an afterimage is also what I have in mind when I paint these ghostly images, especially with this one 🙂
      I think I´m going to print your comment out and attach it to my painting! 😀 Your words have captured its intention just perfectly!
      Have a very lovely – unhaunted 😉 – Sunday! 🙂 ❤

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      1. Since everyone interprets art differently, not always does another person get out of a piece what we put in (that works in writing too). I’m glad I saw your vision. It’s a beautiful painting, Sara, one I would be proud to have grace my walls.
        You have a lovely Sunday also. 😊💜

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      2. You´re so right about that! That´s why I think discussing art in all its different forms is so fertile 🙂 There´s always something new to find in another´s point of view.
        Have a wonderful week, Cathy! 🙂 ❤

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  9. I think your painting is distinctly different from James Abbot McNeill Whistler. Love that style! I’ve always been fascinated by white on black art. Every time I see it, I want to do some in embroidery but just never quite get (a round tuit.) 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Marlene! 🙂 I love monochrome pictures too, especially in photography which is why I wanted to try out if I could do it in painting as well 🙂
      Would love to see your embroidery whenever you have the time to get around to do it – I already know it would look perfect! 🙂
      Have a beautiful weekend!

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