See the Paintings that Inspired the Poems

Before there were words, there were pictures. Louise Craven Hourrigan explored a range of styles, from abstract expressionist to surrealism and magic realism. Her paintings inspired many of the poems and stories by her daughter, Jackie Craven.

  • Maroger’s Magic
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    “Maroger’s Magic,” oil on canvas ©Louise Craven Hourrigan Three mischievous monkeys perch on a roof in this large surrealistic scene painted by my mother, Louise Craven Hourrigan. I love imagining their gossipy conversation. She often put monkeys in her paintings, so... Read more »
  • She Snapped Sister’s Diary Wide
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    Self-portrait painting and collage ©Louise Craven Hourrigan When assigned to paint a self-portrait for one of her art classes, my mother made this nightmarish collage. A serpent, fabric patterns, flames, and octopus arms swirl around fragmented black and white photographs of... Read more »
  • Waiting for 5:00
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    “Waiting for 5:00 at Bailey’s Pub & Grill,” oil on canvas ©Louise Craven Hourrigan My mother filled this enormous canvas with sins. Even the balloons have naughty details! Her painting inspired a poem that appears in Of Burgers & Barrooms, an anthology... Read more »
  • Old Woman with Goose, Reimagined
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    “Old Woman with Goose,” oil on canvas © Louise Craven Hourrigan My mother painted this before I was born, and for many years it hung in my bedroom, giving me nightmares. To exorcise my demons, I wrote a poem in which... Read more »
  • Candelabra
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    Tree of Life Candelabra, oil on canvas, © Louise Craven Hourrigan Inspired by Frida Kahlo, my mother painted this surreal tree of life candelabra. The branches resemble intestines decorated with miniature figures from her past — grandparents, parents, lovers, children, pets.... Read more »
  • Perspective Dreaming
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    Oil on canvas by Louise Craven Hourrigan This painting by my mother, Louise Craven Hourrigan, inspired my poem “Perspective Dreaming.” Originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of Water~Stone Review, the poem will be included in my book, Secret Formulas &... Read more »
  • Lobster for Lunch
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    “Lobster for Lunch,” oil on canvas, © Louise Craven Hourrigan I’ve spent years trying to read the stories behind this scene my mother painted. An older couple sits before a lavish feast. Their posture is stiff—unnaturally posed and primitively painted—with hands... Read more »
  • Still Life With Oranges
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    Oil on Canvas by Louise Craven Hourrigan This painting by my mother, Louise Craven Hourrigan, loosely inspired one of the poems in my forthcoming book, Secret Formulas & Techniques of the Masters (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2018). The poem, “Still Life... Read more »
  • Flight
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    Painting by Louise Craven Hourrigan, Oil on Canvas As a child, I didn’t know what to make of my mother’s wild brush strokes. She didn’t title this painting, so the subject is a mystery. Still, I loved to stare into the... Read more »
  • Carnival
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    My mother painted this bright yet foreboding carnival scene many years ago. It hung in my childhood bedroom and I could imagine eerie calliope tunes as I drifted asleep. One of the poems in my collection Secret Formulas & Techniques... Read more »
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