'Fenwick P. Mossbottom, Guardian of the Pumpkin Patch,' you may also recall that he had a story that went along with him. In fact, pretty much all of my sculptures and paintings have backstories to accompany them. It's just how I create - never simply a character or scene, there is always a background, a bit of origin, to them. And many are integrated with each other, in their respective places, all centered on Halloween of course.
A project I'd been working on but put on a backburner was an illustrated book with many of the Halloween characters I've created in the past. I've delved into bringing it to its fruition recently, and am elated in doing so. It has been a while since I earnestly broke out my paints, having spent the better part of a decade or more working exclusively with clay. Acrylic paints, I have missed you so!!!
Thus far, I have one full panel of the book completed: a painting of the overall land that Fenwick resides in. It is everything you would imagine a fanciful chap such as he lives in - a small pastoral village, where it is perpetual Autumn and all the trees and foliage are bright and alive with intense vibrancy.
Even though I ordinarily work from home (call me a hermit, it's what I am), being forced to remain indoors during this awful pandemic has lit a creative fire under me. I feel like I'm getting more done now than I usually do. Hey, I call that a win!
I hope you all are doing well, staying healthy and happy.
Stay creative, it will most certainly save you!
The original Fenwick sculpture resides in an art collector's home here in Nashville; he was sold at the 2017 MONSTERS & MERRIMENT Art Show.