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

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Happy First of September 2018 ...

Yippee!!!! Summer is nearly gone. I've worked on so many projects all summer long, but withheld posting photos until the break of September (which is today!). 
Now, in my opinion, can we rightly say it's Halloween season. Let the festivities begin!

I've rediscovered my love of vintage Halloween, and this year indulged in creating several goodies in that particular style. Ya know, I really must do more! I love it so much, from the rich colors to the set up, it absolutely hits me right square in the old nostalgia button. 
So here are but a few of the many vintage Halloween things I worked on earlier in the summer...

"Got Candy?" 
Hand-made by me. Polymer clay, paper clay, string, paper, wire, wood, acrylic paints.

"Many Silly Faces to Love"
Mini portraits of black cats - painted and assembled by me

"The Enduring Friendship of Autumn Times"
Hand-made from polymer clay, acrylic paint, paper, wood, wire

"October Eve"
Hand-made by me of polymer clay, paper clay, acrylic paints, plastic, 
wire, material, wood

The stores began to stock seasonal things about a month ago. I'll admit, it's fun to see Halloween goodies on the shelves so early in the year, but there's a flip side to this coin that doesn't sit well with me or any of my fellow artists. The vast majority of the Halloween items in these stores are all cheap-quality, mass-produced knock-offs from China. I noticed that a lot of the items I've seen so far look strikingly familiar to me - they are virtually identical to creations from some of my favorite holiday artists.  

I've also noticed that when I check the demographics on my Monsters & Merriment website, a good portion of the traffic comes from Beijing, China, as well as Russia. Hmm... I love it that people are going to my site but it makes me wonder whose intentions are pure ... and whose are not.

Time for me to get back to the studio. Still have so much to do before Monsters & Merriment at the end of this month! 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Big Scary Show podcast

The Monsters & Merriment crew made it out to Knoxville TN to attend the superbly demented and delightful CreepyCon Halloween convention this past weekend.

The Big Scary Show - one of the coolest horror news broadcasts in the known universe - was there, and we met up again with our friend Badger. I was interviewed for next week's broadcast, telling all the listeners about the upcoming MnM show in Nashville.

Our dear friend, John Davis, the Rector of the First Church of Halloween, was also interviewed by Badger. John informed listeners about the FCOH, the Gospel of Halloween, and what attendees can look forward to when they meet him at Monsters & Merriment, where he not only will have a booth selling some of his beautiful Hallowed Relics, but also will be performing a live preaching of the Halloween Gospel inside the Countess Moira theater during the afternoon's festivities.

You can hear our interviews next week (August 27th - September 1, 2018) by tuning in to Big Scary Show (just click on the above link to automatically take you to the website in a separate window).