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

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Get ready to have some MONSTROUSLY good fun!

Join us for a day of monstrously good Halloween fun!

Featuring incredible, original hand-made artistry of all varieties from many of Nashville's top artists, including:

...and more!

- Live music from The Secret Commonwealth, who will have plenty of merchandise and CDs for sale after the show, including their Halloween monster-mega-hit 
'The Uninvited Guest'

- Cool prizes and giveaways, including a $50 gift certificate from Performance Studios

- Free pair of tickets to the hilarious Hick Chick Tour (Voted #1 in Nashville and winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award for 2016 and 2017!)
... and more!

- Tarot Card readings

- "The Strange Story of Hazel Farris, the American Mummy" - a tale too strange to not be true!
Presented by Vance Nichols (come see her actual coffin on display, if you dare!)

- "Countess Moira's Movie Dungeon" will present a very special screening of NOSFERATU, in honor of the 95th anniversary of the original 1922 F.W. Murnau silent film Vampire classic

... and MUCH  more!

* As always, FREE admission *

And FREE Halloween candy - while supplies last!

Prizes for the BEST Vampire costume!

All this and more - contained under one roof - inside the beautiful Natchez Hills Winery building on the fabulous Fontanel complex in Nashville, TN

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11am till 7pm

See you there!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WIP: Nosferatu

Distinguished older gentleman, independently wealthy.
Seeks neck(s) for meaningful relationship.
Inquire within ... 
at this year's MONSTERS & MERRIMENT Art Show

Nosferatu (or, The Count, as he is casually known) still has a ways to go before he is completed and ready to meet all you brave souls at the show. He is air-dry clay, sealed and painted with many many layers of acrylic paints. His mesmerizing eyes and pointy fangs glow in the dark. He is in the process of acquiring a tailor-made suit and background for him to display against. For now, he is waiting out the long hot summer, and eagerly awaiting the chilly autumn nights to fly out into.

Not telling any more secrets - you'll need to check back here to see, and be ready to become bedazzled by Nosferatu's hypnotic transformation. But be forewarned: keep your fingers away from him -  he bites!

Till then, sweet dreams, darlings. Don't be afraid of the shadows... 

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!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

*UPDATE* - I finally met my IDOL ....!

It seems like a dream .... a dream come true .... after 45 years of faithful fandom, I got to meet my all-time idol ... ALICE COOPER!!!

I honestly do not know how I was able to keep calm and collected! What a sweet man he is, too.
Alice Cooper ... mere inches away from me in the coolest leopard suit ever!

The man who influenced my entire life like nobody before, from my tastes in music to fashion style to my art.... wow, I'm still giddy over this and won't be able to return to Earth for a long time!

How did this wondrous miracle of miracles occur? 
I have my amazing, beloved sweetheart - my husband Mark -  to thank.

It was our 12th wedding anniversary. He got us tickets to see "Spend the Night with Alice Cooper" here in Nashville - but not just any mere tickets, mind you, these were FRONT ROW CENTER VIP PASSES. They not only gave us the best seats in the house, but also the opportunity to go back stage, see all the famous props (including the GIGANTIC "FrankenAlice," the toy box of scary toys, and the infamous guillotine! Yes, we even got to pose for photos with our heads in it.
Me playing in Alice's toy box!!!! 
However, we never sat down the entire show - we rocked all evening long, leaning against the stage, mere INCHES away from the band .. and THE LEGEND himself. 
Me, fainting in his arms.
(Just kidding - a prop from "Cold Ethel")
You know that the moment he hit the stage I thought I'd have heart palpitations! 

Then, during the song "Poison," as he stomped around the stage, menacingly swishing a black leather riding crop around ... suddenly, I looked up, and saw him standing directly over me, looking dead into my eyes with a very intimidating glare ... I was afraid for a split-second that he was about to crack that crop on me but instead, he leaned in close, reached out his black leather-gloved hand, put it on my head... AND PULLED MY HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!! 
I looked up into his eyes .... damn near fainted, I did!
(I found a video on Youtube with this song and captured the moment, but sadly, I am just barely out of frame at the bottom... you can see him lean in and grab something, but you can't see my head.... dammit!!!)  

*** NOTE: I got an email on Friday morning, May 19th from photographer Chris Jeans, who was able to capture the hair-pulling moment in the photo below. Chris, I don't know if you are reading this, but I owe you a huge debt of thanks for this pic! (I love that I can even see a bit of my hand, with my snake tattoo - wow!)
... and I will never wash my hair again ...
(Photo by Chris Jeans)

This show was made all the more phenomenal by the fact that it was the first and so far ONLY time the original band members reunited (minus the late great Glen Buxton) to play onstage together since 1974! Dennis Dunaway (bass), Mike Bruce (guitar), and Neal Smith (drums) rocked with Alice for several classic-era tunes, including "School's Out," "Muscle of Love," and "Billion Dollar Babies." WOWZA! Last time I saw this original lineup was back in 1973, when, as a wee thirteen year old babe, saw the Billion Dollar Babies tour in Los Angeles. 

I was *this close* and yes, of course I touched them!
Later, after the show, as the small group of "VIPs" got to meet him in the special PR room, I was nervous beyond compare... felt like my legs had gone numb, I was afraid to get up and try to walk to him. He was sitting at a table, and one by one, each of the VIP guests walked up, sat down, and met & spoke with the man as he signed posters, tee shirts, VIP passes, pretty much anything you asked him to sign. Well I nearly chewed a hole in my lip, trying to suck up enough nerve to fake being calm & collected, and finally it was my turn to Meet The Man Himself. 

Now, I must tell you, I've always heard that Alice Cooper is a truly sweet, gentle man, and I'm here to substantiate that fact. Nothing like his frightening stage persona whatsoever! He smiled and welcomed me to the table with a warm demeanor and put his still-leatherclad hand out for me to shake. I sat down next to him right as he said with a wicked little grin, "You know, I was about to pull your hair again."  
(SQUEEE!!!!! I damn near lost it!)

For now, just remaining in a state of happy silly shock, not quite coming down to earth just yet. I'm feeling like I've been magically transported back to being a 13 year old kid again, all giggly and googly over my favorite rock star... what a great feeling indeedy! 

This last photo of me, Alice and my dear hubby Mark, with Alice holding up the flyer for one of my friend's AC tribute bands, "Zipper Catches Skin," which debuts at the Pond here in Franklin, TN next Friday (May 26th). When Alice looked at it, he looked at me and smiled, and said with his typical dry sense of humor, "I hate it when tribute bands are better than me." 

...Holy smokes, Batman, imagine if he were to appear at the show?!!!!!

- All photos mine unless otherwise noted -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WIPs: keeping busy!

Not by any means anywhere near finished - I have lots more embellishments to add, including a poem I wrote.

It's odd, but I find it a lot of fun to paint plain wooden boards and plaques such as what the above winged Jack will be fastened upon. I enjoy the process of painting overall, but seeing the wood grain absorb the variances of color the way it does makes me happy.

And, of course, gotta have a little bit of glitter here and there as well. Glitter always brings forth the magic of a piece, in my humble opinion.

I posted this on my Facebook page and received several inquiries whether it would be for sale soon. Well... yes, but not until the Monsters & Merriment show in September. 
This piece is as yet unnamed, but once it's completed, I'll post the finished photos here and on my FB pages.

I have several more pieces I'm working on that I'll post in the days to come. But for now - back to the painting table for me! Halloween is only 175 days away! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

What the best dressed ghoul will be wearing this season ...

My handsome friend Robert modeled the tee shirt for me during his visit to Nashville  last autumn

We still have a few tee shirts left over from last year's Monsters & Merriment show.
Only $15.  Sizes: S-M-L-XL
Get one before they are gone forever!

Closeup to show details of the hand-drawn original design by our dear friend Ethan Black!

Arising from the tomb .... SOON!

We will be celebrating the 95th anniversary of NOSFERATU, F. W. Murnau's legendary vampiric silent film. Lots of spooky cool monster swag will be available from a plethora of artists who have joined us this for this year's show.
Max Shrek as the terrifying Count Orlock in
F. W. Murnau's classic 1922 German silent film, NOSFERATU
*I do not own this photo*

Stay tuned for more info in the days to come! ....

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy May Day - Beloved Beltane ...

Ushering in spring with a dear group of friends here at Castle GreenFuzz (our home)

This means we are halfway to Halloween - and will be celebrating with our annual revels!
Moon Goddess and her Satyr (aka me and hubby)

Spent a lot of time (and money!) fixing and improving things in our back yard, including a snazzy new enlarged Bonfire area with lots of stones, brick, and sturdy bench seats all around.

Cernunos, Pan and the Green Man welcome you! 

The Moon Goddess and her cohorts

Me and Ethan (Cernunos)
Hubby got to play his Native American flute around the fire

As always at our parties .... way too much food but always lots of fun and laughter!
We all were really needing to get out and enjoy ourselves, as this winter knocked several of us for a loop in a bad way ... Abigail's emergency surgery, Ethan having to work two jobs pretty much round the clock to help take care of her, my pneumonia, etc.... ugh! Bad stuff, be gone! Bring on the fun and fellowship - and food of course!

Now it's back to the MacabreWebs studio to get things rollin' again as we work toward Halloween and our annual Monsters & Merriment show in September. 

Y'all take care, stay healthy, and drop back in again soon! Peace and love! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Do you like surprises? ...

If you can survive the long, hot summer ...

Autumn has some delightfully dark surprises as sweet as Halloween candy in store for you...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Calling all Halloween & Horror artists! ...

I have a lot of cool news that I'm bursting at the seams to share - but can't say anything just yet.

All I can say right now is, this show will be bigger and BADDER, stuffed with more monstrous goodness... stay tuned for more! 

And, yes, we've been asked to return to marvelous and magical Fontanel Mansion complex yet again. I am so excited!!!

Meanwhile, in my studio - I'm quite busy getting a slew of spooky new things ready. Several WIP's on my table, including this sneak peek of my Day of the Dead kitty and his two grinning pumpkin friends.

You know me, I can never make enough cats or Jack O'Lanterns, right?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Edward Gorey ...

Need I say, one of my favorite artists ...

Delightfully dark ...
... and odd and weird and funny as heck. 

And he LOVED cats, too...

February 22, 1925 - April 15, 2000

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Birthday Yay!

Many loving thanks to you all who have sent me Happy Birthday wishes.
Such sweetness is appreciated beyond words!

Even though I no longer eat sugar or processed carbs like bread, I am nonetheless ready for a big ol' hunk of cake and ice cream. Fighting a lousy rotten cold right now (compliments of my dear Hubby who so generously passed his germs to me) but feeling quite happy - I have a whole lot of fun events slated this weekend, including our annual Viking Party!

And lastly - just had to share this awesome birthday greeting I received this morning from a dear friend in San Francisco. EPIC!