A little bit dark, a little bit spooky...

A little bit dark, a little bit spooky...

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Wishing love, happiness and peace to all! -


 2020 was in many ways, for so many of us, a real shitshow. 

I've always believed in the power of mind over matter, using positive energy to make things happen. No sense in stewing in your own venom, it's not only bad for you and everyone around you, it's also a huge waste of precious time and energy. I'll use a quote from one of my favorite poets (Mary Oliver) to try to illuminate as best I can:

"Someone I once loved gave me a box of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift."

Looking to make this coming year better and brighter as best I can, not only for my own self, but for those I love. I am enormously grateful to all of you in my life, all who care and support me.

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On this very chilly, rainy final day of 2020, I'm here in my studio, looking out the window at the bird feeder full of bright red cardinals, black capped chickadees, tufted titmouse, wrens, woodpeckers, nuthatches and more. Being able to provide food for them during the harshest part of the winter makes me feel incredibly happy.

While looking through one of my storage drives, I happened upon an old file with some artwork I was in midst of creating back in late 2008. We'd been in our new house for less than six months, and I was thrilled to at last have my very own "Art Studio" ... what an amazing and wonderful thing at that! I'd never had one those before; the most previous being a small table set in a corner. Setting about with my paints, ink, pencils, computer art, and a fairly new medium I'd used before but was very excited about learning to master (Sculpey - polymer clay!) - I was, as I said, thrilled to begin this next chapter of my life.

Among one of my early "serious" attempts with polymer clay was the creation of 'Smirky Witch,' a sort of an olde world, gypsy-like forest witch that was stout, sassy (as evidenced by her sweet smirky face) and very colorful. I posed her with one hand-on-hip, a handmade broom held aloft in the other, and dressed her various colors and textures of fabrics (mostly purple velvet) along with bits of cast-off pieces of old jewelry. She was a blast to create! Realizing that I'd grown emotionally attached to her, I ended up keeping her for several years, finally selling her to a dear friend in 2016 during my Monsters & Merriment show. I do miss her, but she's in a very good home, where she resides as the official kitchen witch in that household. 

And, so, here are a few photos her in stages of production, with the eventual finished transformation of Smirky Witch I thought I'd share with you.

May much good magic come your way! 

 

 

Freshly painted! I also added some eyelashes (from on old pair of falsies) and installed a full head of hair (from an old grey witch wig from previous Halloweens)






 

Smirky Witch - front view. She was a wise woman with a jaunty sashay and carefree attitude!

                             










Right side view of Smirky Witch. A definite learning experience in every way, from mastering the clay, to painting facial colors, adding faux wig hair, and sewing her costume. Once I completed her, I was anxious to do more!






Thursday, December 24, 2020

It was 1984...

I was working full-time as a Production Artist for a man - who I will not name - was very well-known for his highly-collectible statues of clowns (eeeek). 

Oh, for sure, it was not the best job, though it paid fairly well (assuming you met your daily quota of how many you were supposed to paint and complete by day's end). During my two-plus years there, and in spite of being systematically worked to death, I had a reasonable amount of fun at this rather grueling job in a suffocatingly hot (read: NO AIR CONDITIONING) warehouse in the San Fernando Valley, California, where summertime temperatures usually got to 105+ degrees or more for weeks on end.

 I worked with about 15 other artists crammed into an area of said warehouse at large desks, which we loaded covered with as many statues of said clowns as we could fit. Some statues were bigger and more intricate to paint, and paid a little bit better than the small simple ones, and you were paid extra for as many extra you could manage in a day's time. That's what I strove for, to paint each statue perfectly in as short a time as I could, and to do as many as I humanly could push myself to do. Believe me, it was not easy, but I felt it could perhaps be a stepping stone of sorts to a better "Job as an Artist" that may be waiting for me in the near future to get away from this sweatshop job (ha, that was not to happen for a long while, but hope is what drives the human soul, so you should never, ever deprive anyone of hope) as well as out of a very abusive marriage (which I thankfully did a few short years later).

During this time, I was trying to be as creative as I could, both at the job and at home, where I painted and drew almost constantly. I'd come up with a series of Christmas time paintings featuring cute woodland animals, one of which I'm sharing here from the holiday season in late 1984. It's ink with acrylic paints on heavy-stock paper, and as I took a quick scan of it (sorry for the poor quality), I realized that I never really finished it; so add that to my list of resolutions for the coming year. And, if anyone was interested, I'd be happy to make prints of it as well.

Anyway, just thought I'd share the "A Critter Christmas" here. Happy Holidays, y'all!



A Critter Christmas 

by Ellen Gee - 1984



Tuesday, December 22, 2020

My Winter Special magazine is published and available! -


Autumn Brilliance magazine's 

"We Wish You a Scary Christmas"

 

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been able to feature the talents of so many notable Halloween and holiday artists in this issue (as well as the premiere issue, which was published September, 2020). Each and every one of these amazing artists have been wonderful, as I got to know them personally and learned of their unique intricate process of creating their works of art.

My deepest love and thanks go to the artists who participated in this magazine:

Nicole Johnson - Audrey Swarz - Susie Krichbaum - Mandy Palumbo - Karen Steinkraus - Jacqueline Patrick - David Anderson - Ethan Black - Lauryn MacGregor - Helen Terlalis Dorn - and to both John Davis and Kristen Stafford for the fabulous, fun and informative articles submitted that helped to further flesh out this publication.  

It was most certainly a labor of love, without a doubt! 

I'll freely admit that having completed this latest venture, I'm TIRED! After having worked on two big issues in a row (which I put together myself, 100%! No other graphic artists or office assistants here, folks, just me in my little home studio), I am definitely pooped.

But even so, hard as it is to not want to instantly jump into another publication, I'm forcing myself to relax - just a bit - and take the rest of the year off (ok, well, it's only about another week till year's end)  before I dive headfirst into the next. Oh, to be sure, there are plenty of things scheduled to come to fruition in 2021, but for now, it's the chill pill for me. I'm going to set about clearing and cleaning up my office, it needs it!

Don't know if I'll post again until the beginning of the coming year, so until then, my love to all. Be well, be happy, be safe, and most importantly, please be kind to others. Here's to making 2021 a thousand times better than this one was!

To access your FREE flip-book copy of the magazine, click the link below. It is full of live links that will take you directly to the artist's web page where you can see and purchase more of their work. 
 

 https://autumnbrilliancemagazine.blogspot.com/

 


 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

My 'Halloween Art & Travel Podcast' segment is live!


I have so enjoyed Kristen Stafford's amazing Halloween podcast these past few years. Getting to meet her in person at last year's 'Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween' show where I was able to chat at length with this awesome lady was a treat in itself, as I discovered we had so much in common; namely, our intense love of Halloween, being an unrepentant collector of Halloween art, and the love of traveling to many new areas and towns and live events that all pertain to - can you guess" - Halloween!


If you have not yet discovered Kristen's podcast, please do so as quickly as possible! Kristen interviews every type of Halloween artist, mover & shaker of our favorite autumn holiday. It's a lot of fun and highly informative to delve into each artist's thoughts and creative process, as many of our mutually favorite artists opened up to share their world of holiday magic.

I am incredibly honored to have been included in the latest of her interviews this season. I'm usually the one who does the interviewing of artists, so having the proverbial table turned on me was interesting for sure.

Click the link below to take you directly to my interview!


https://halloweenartandtravel.libsyn.com/ellen-gee-producer-and-publisher-of-the-macabre





Sunday, November 1, 2020