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

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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Happy Birthday!!!

Fred Gwynne - July 10, 1926 - July 2, 1993

An icon from my childhood was "Herman Munster" - played by Fred Gwynne. 

In spite of his less than glamorous looks (well, that's debatable, I thought he was rather charming!) he was the absolute embodiment of what an adult should be: he was kind, patient, good-natured, hardworking, and unendingly loving to his wife and family.


And - a trait that I would consider most important: he was never, ever out of touch with his inner child! 


Monday, July 6, 2015

Mini Millie

I realize that this is really not a Halloween art piece, per se, but I had to share it because it was so much fun to make, and it made somebody I love dearly very happy.

Sometimes when I'm in my studio, I'll hold a piece of polymer clay in my hands, and without any 'plan' to create anything, will just start to manipulate it and let my imagination take me wherever it's supposed to go. In this case, that turned out to be a tiny model of my best friend's cat, Millie! 
Mini Millie, just before being shipped to CA

Millie is a beautiful Persian cat, with lustrous tawny fur and big pumpkin orange eyes. She's the beloved fur baby of my best friend Debby in North Hollywood, California. I knew Debby's birthday was coming up in a few weeks, so after I painted Mini Millie, I decorated her with a big red rose and fancy ribbon collar, including a hand-sewn velvet pillow for her to sit on, and mailed it out to her in a big box full of assorted birthday goodies (which I love doing!). Debby reported back to me her joy at finding this surprise, and said that  her kitty Millie loves her mini counterpart. 

Yay! I am so thrilled to hear this, and submit these cute photos as evidence.
Millie ponders her mini self. 'Hmm, what ever is this tiny effigy of my regal Self?'

'Ooh! The resemblance to my beauteous Self is striking! I approve!'

'Mini me, I love you!' 

Happy birthday, dear Debby! I love you! See you soon!