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

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

RIP: Martin Landau and George Romero

Very sad news from the entertainment world...

Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi in "Ed Wood" .... PULL THE STRINGS!

This was one of my favorite movies, mostly because I absolutely loved Landau's stellar, pathos-driven performance as the old horror movie icon who was befriended by B-movie director Ed Wood in his twilight years. I often said that he "out-Lugosied Lugosi" and deservedly won the Oscar that year for his portrayal of Bela as he declined both in his career and health.
June 20 1928 - July 15 2017

George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" scared the hell out of me when I was 9 years old, seeing this movie for the first time... I remember having to sleep with the light on for a month afterward, as I was convinced that every shadow I saw had to be a zombie lurching down the hallway toward my room. EEEK! Romero's subsequent zombie flicks solidified his status as one of the kings of the horror genre.  
February 4 1940 - July 16 2017 

George Romero, surrounded by his zombie horde! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

I'm now part of PFATT Marketplace!

All I can honestly say is.... WOW!

I'm beyond honored to have been selected to join the stellar group of artists on the Prominent Folk Artist's Trinkets and Treasures Marketplace (also known simply as PFATT).

I join other amazing, world-renown purveyors of original hand-made art whom I have long admired, including Pam Gracia of 'Soft in the Head,' Amber Leilani, Candace Navarrete of 'Howling Moon Designs,' Cyndi LaChance of 'Holiday Sparkle' and so many more. Really, I'm still speechless to be featured as one of the resident artists. Pinch me, someone, I must be dreaming... I am so happy!

This wonderful collection of folk artistry at PFATT gives me a chance to offer some of the more rustic creations I do, such as craggy olde world witches, vintage-styled pumpkins, and the like. 

My offering for the month of July is just that, a regal pumpkin king rising from the pumpkin patch, which I have named "All Hallows Illuminated." He's a very old-styled dark gourd who rises up to illuminate the way for all the trick or treaters on Halloween night, holding aloft a small battery-operated votive candle at the end of his long vine arm. I hope somebody falls in love with him and wants to bring him home!

Please pay a visit to the fine artists at PFATT. Hand-made is always the best because it comes not from a faceless factory in a far-away land, but from the heart...

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Glamour Ghoul, Elvira! (I do not own this photo)

Stay safe ... be kind ... have fun ... and remember, Halloween is only 119 days away!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Latest WIP: The Ancient Swamp Hag

I have sooooooo many works in mid-progress right now (TEN of them! Egads, what was I thinking?) and with both Monsters & Merriment and Halloween just around the corner..... EEEK! 

Well, one of them is finally nearing completion: the Ancient Swamp Hag. Craggy, wrinkled, older than dirt. She lives a life of solitude in the farthest reaches of the swamp. Totally blind but possessed of second sight. And that's all of the story I have for her as yet.

She's been a load of fun to create, too. I mean, how can you not have fun sculpting, painting and decorating/clothing a scary, scraggly old witch, right?

Working on completing her costume (ratty threadbare cape) and the rest of her diorama scene (skulls, snakes, spider webs with black widows, moss and trees, plus her pet vulture) so I can move on to finish the rest of what is covering my art table. No complaints - I'm only in competition with my own self! 

Okay, here's a sneak peek. More later...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

150 days till Halloween ...

Staying inside my studio most of the days, creating as much delectably dark Halloween goodness as humanly possible!

Found these amazing singers - called Broken Peach - on Facebook, and had to share.

Their rendition of "This is Halloween" from Tim Burton's legendary movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, is ... to DIE for, muah-hahahaha!!!