Spun Cotton Black Cats Scurry to Halloween Art Shows this Fall!

My studio is filling up with spun cotton creations for upcoming Halloween art shows in California and North Florida. There will be many wonderful Halloween artists, including moi, at the following shows. Hope to see you at one of them! 

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Halloween and Vine
Saturday, September 26, 2015 • 9 am - 3 pm
$5 Admission
Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave.
Petaluma, California

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Spirits in Sanford
Friday, Oct. 9 •  6 pm - 8 pm 
Reservation Only Costume Party & Champagne Art Reception
$20 admission (includes Saturday show entry)
RSVP (407) 323-2774

Saturday, Oct. 10 • 9 am - 3 pm
Open to the public • $5 admission

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery
211 East First Street, Historic Sanford, Florida


Black Cat Halloween!

It's that time again when the Halloween artists of EHAG come together and display a selection of Halloween themed art for sale on the EHAG Emporium, Aug. 31, the last day of the month at 9 pm EST. My offering this month is a mixed media painting that combines printmaking, watercolors and colored pencils. (You can read about my process below.)

"Black Cat Halloween"
 Mixed media painting just under 9"x12" and comes in an acid free protective sleeve. It is unframed and unmatted. And of course it is signed by me, the artist!

$125, plus $4.50 shipping

My Process
I start with a drawing that I hand carve into linoleum block. I add ink and make a black and white impression on Stonehenge cotton paper. Next comes the fun part! I paint with watercolors and embellish with colored pencils. These have such a glowing effect, I just love the lights and darks!

I hope you enjoy my view of Halloween!


New Halloween pieces for 2015 in the works!

With the Halloween season right around the corner, I am burning the midnight oil creating more spun cotton creations for my upcoming shows. This piece, however, is currently in my Etsy shop! I am planning on listing other pieces for those of you who can't come to Halloween and Vine, Sept. 26, in Petaluma, CA, or Spirits in Sanford, Oct. 9 & 10, in Sanford, FL. Watch for more fun spun cotton creations in the coming days.
     Also, I have started listing my watercolor art cards and small originals in my eBay shop. They are listed on Sundays and/or Tuesdays for an end date of Sunday. 
     Hope you find something that tickles your Halloween fancy!


Meet Prunella the Pumpkin Witch

Prunella the Pumpkin Witch

$165, plus free shipping

It's the end of the month and another unveiling of Halloween goodies available for purchase from my fellow Eclectic Halloween Artist Guild members. This month, I have turned to my spun cotton again and created a pumpkin witch, complete with handmade stick-like arms and glass eyes. Be careful! 

She will give you the evil eye if you stare too  long!

She is about 10 inches tall and is all handmade by me. Her arms bend, so you can pose her any way you'd like. 


She stands near a small picket fence, and a tiny spun cotton jack o' lantern sits near the base of her tattered skirt. So many details you don't want to miss! Click the photos for a closer look. She is one of a kind, but she does have sisters!

Be sure to check out all the great items available on the EHAGEmporium blog! Happy haunting!


Light Up the Night with Your Own Halloween Witch Lighted Theater

"Witching Hour"
A halloween witch lighted theater!

SOLD - thank you Susan!

It's the end of the month and the EHAG Emporium's doors creak open with another slew of Halloween art up for grabs. My offering this cold month of January is a light-up theater that is perfect for getting you in the Halloween mood - all year long! 

I have created a 16" tall theater featuring a squat witch made from a vintage German porcelain doll's head. Under a spooky tree, she holds a real twig broom and stands near an old fence. A large pumpkin sits nearby. In the foreground, a vintage-style cat hisses at passers-by. A smattering of fall leaves covers the top of the theater along with the image of a vintage clock face and a banner that reads, "Witching Hour." 

The theater is covered in textured paper to give it that old, antique quality. All details inside are lit by a low watt light bulb, that is easily replaced when burnt out. Simply plug the lamp in, imagine that dark and stormy night and Halloween is right around the corner!


Variety of Halloween Art Up for Grabs at EHAG Emporium Jan. 31

Sneak Peek at My Halloween Art Offering

Every last day of the month means my fellow Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild (EHAG) members and I will offer unique and wonderful Halloween art pieces for the public to purchase. The opening of the Halloween art sale on the Ehag Emporium is a fun event, even if you simply want to browse the wondrous offerings. Set your clocks for 9 pm, Eastern, and click the link to the website. You'll be whisked atop a broom to the site, where the art awaits.

Above, I've included a sneak peek of the piece I will have available. If you want more of these sneak peeks, head on over to the EHAG Facebook page, where you'll find announcements of upcoming events and art to be had! Stay warm and look forward to seeing you in the Emporium!

The Early Bird Catches the October Blood Moon

What a way to celebrate October than with a blood moon! But I'll get to that in a minute. First, I want to share my watercolor illustration/painting above, now available in my Etsy Shop. I have a few original paintings still up for grabs, a second on Ebay. So I hope you take a peek! They certainly get me in a Halloween sort of spirit, just like the blood moon we recently watched in the night sky.

We woke up early Wednesday morning to see a phenomenon that has occurred only eight times in the last several hundred years...a blood moon. It's actually an eclipse of the moon, when the moon and sun are at exact polar opposites and the Earth is caught in the middle, casting a shadow across the moon. It won't happen again until 2032! 
It was in full eclipse at 6:25 am eastern and it was hard to find. But once we and our neighbors caught site of it, above the trees and very low in the horizon, what a sight it was!! The red tinged shadow was so eerie, and it was perfect for an October night! Enjoy these fall days!!  

Halloween Fun!

What fun I had participating in Halloween and Vine this year in Petaluma, CA!! Seeing friends and meeting new collectors! I didn't get many photos, but if you head on over to the H&V Facebook page, you'll see all the show goodness! I did snap a couple and will get them ready for my next post, AFTER this weekend!

I am getting ready now for Spirits in Sanford, Sanford, Florida, this weekend, Friday, Oct. 3, for the champagne preview  and costume party (don't forget to RSVP! (407) 323-2774), $20 per person includes Sat. show, and SO much fun! And then the show on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 am - 4 pm, $5 admission. If you "Like" the Spirits Facebook page, you'll get all the show news and see the sneak peeks from artists participating.

And in between shows, I am listing my original watercolors on eBay still! The one above is a larger format piece, 4-7/8" x 8" least it's larger than my usual ACEO size! You can see all the painting details if you head to the listing here.

Tis the Halloween season and I love kicking it off with these two fabulous shows!! Hope to see you this weekend!


A Black Cat for Halloween Candy

Black Cat Halloween Candy Box

The EHAG Emporium is open tonight at 9 pm! My offering this month is a spun cotton black cat complete with a vintage style bottle brush Halloween tree and tiny white pumpkin. She was created using techniques from Victorian times, and all sit atop a paper mache candy box.  The piece measures 8-1/2" tall by 3-1/2" in diameter. The words "Happy Halloween," adorn the lid on the front and "trick or treat" are on the back. Perfect for a vintage table setting or to go with your Halloween antiques. Don't forget to check out the other offerings available from my fellow EHAG artisans at the Emporium!



Halloween Ride

"Night Ride"

What a thrill it would be to ride across the full moon above the city on Halloween! At least this witch has some Halloween spirit with her jack-o-lantern and her black cat to share it with! This is my latest original Halloween art card up for grabs on eBay! Click here to check it out! Dreaming of fall days from Florida!