Wednesday

Join Me This Summer!


Learn to make a
Halloween Witching Hour
Lighted Theater

I will be teaching a Halloween-themed online art class this summer at ArtfulGathering.com. Actually, I will be teaching two classes! My Halloween class will be during session two, July 16 - August 26, just in time for fall! 
You'll learn lots of tips and tricks, along with the technique I use to create a spooky theater you can plug in and light up all year long! So why not treat yourself and get into the spirit! Also, if you can't find a vintage porcelain china head or some of the supplies, no worries! I will give you lots of options for creating your witching hour theater. Let me know if you plan to join me! I look forward to it!


Friday

Witch in the Woods Folk Art Theater






Witch in the Woods Theater

Using recycled items, I created a small witch theater that includes a spun cotton witch. She is made using techniques as in Victorian times and has a reproduced scrap face. She holds a tiny pumpkin and broom. A raven sits at the top keeping watch over all. A tiny skull adorns the top of the theater, too. There are all sorts of tiny embellishments that make this a truly unique Halloween treasure!

This piece is being featured on the EHAG Emporium, which has other fabulous Halloween art up for grabs. (It has sold however.) I am a proud member of the first Halloween artist guild online, Eclectic Halloween Artist Guild (EHAG).  Happy Halloween!

Sunday

Pen, Ink and Watercolor for Halloween


Just finished playing with pen and ink and watercolors. This little art card is now on eBay. More spooky goodness to come later this week! Watch for the EHAG Emporium blog sale, in which I will have a spun cotton piece available for purchase. Happy Halloween....yes, in February!! 



Wednesday

Let the Halloween Mischief Begin!

"Halloween Mischief"
Although it is still wintry and cold outside, I have planned a year of exciting events and art opportunities celebrating Halloween! Foremost is more painting!! This original mixed media linoleum block print is now available on eBay, and it involves quite a process.
     If you are wondering how a "print" can also be an "original," I'll explain.
     I draw the image and then transfer it to a piece of linoleum. Then, I hand cut the image using tools that scoop out the semi-rigid linoleum. I actually carve out the positive, or the white areas. Using a brayer, I spread ink all over the linoleum and then press it onto watercolor paper. It takes a few days for the ink to dry, and then I'm ready to paint and pencil.
     Each print has to be inked, so no two are exactly alike. Most importantly, I hand paint and embellish each, so the originality of each is enhanced even more!

     I love the glowing affects the linoleum block print process provides. Watch for more of these unique pieces as the days progress to Halloween and for exciting announcements of new art events!

Halloween Watercolors Begin!



It's a new year, and I am already starting to work on Halloween paintings. It's quite appropriate too, being that there is a full moon tonight! Looking forward to some new teaching projects and lots of holiday inspired art in 2014!

Friday

More Halloween Art Ready to Find a New Home!

Click on images for larger view. 

It is already mid October and the Halloween folk art shows around the country have come and gone. But there is still time to get a one-of-a-kind piece to add to your Halloween display if you didn't get an opportunity to go. 


Vintage-Style Spun Cotton Cat & Jack Now Available
I have created Jack the pumpkin man who thought he would try his hand at one of the Book of Night Spells. He accidentally super-sized the cat, which not only startled him, but also surprised the cat!

Both have bodies of spun cotton. Jack's head is sculpted paper clay. His clothes are hand made and dyed for a vintage look. All have been handmade and hand painted by me, including the tiny book of spells and pumpkin treat bucket. Jack and his cat are firmly adhered to a paper mâché hand-painted candy box. All measures almost 15" tall and about 10" wide.

I am offering it on my blog for $150, plus $6.95 shipping.


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I have another piece available on eBay, just click here.  If you know my art, then you know I can't resist adding recycled  and vintage elements to my pieces. This paper mâché moon and spun cotton witch with bats sit on a black candle stick. I had a lot of fun with this one!



I will leave you with a photo of me and two other artists from Spirits in Sanford Halloween Folk Art Show, in Sanford, Fl, where we met with collectors during a costume party. What fun we had! Halloween is really almost here! Email me if you have any questions. Happy fall!



Thursday

Spirits in Sanford to be this Weekend's Spooky Delight

Friday night, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, witches and skeletons, cats and bats, will be out and ready to go to a new home during the 5th annual Spirits in Sanford Halloween art extravaganza, in North Florida. If you haven't been, the Friday night costume party is frightful fun complete with champagne and appetizers as shoppers select their favorite items from the talented artists displaying their works. Don't forget to RSVP! Head to the website for more details.

Saturday is sure to be a spooky delight, if you can't make the evening affair. Cost is $20 for the Friday party (which also gets you in on Saturday too) and $5 on Saturday. Look forward to seeing all my friends and collectors. Happy Halloween!

Halloween and Vine Count Down




It's almost here! Halloween and Vine in California is sure to please all Halloween art collectors with the variety of artists offering their handmade treasures. Stop by my table for spun cotton and original paintings at the Halloween folk art show, Saturday, September 28.

Then, just one week later, I fly back to my home in Florida to participate in the Halloween folk art show Spirits in Sanford, Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5! So no matter what coast you are on, east or west, if you love Halloween art, there is a show available for you. Look forward to meeting you!!

Tuesday

Cackle, Cackle, Cackle!


"Join the fun!" this wicked witch seems to say. The latest sneak peek at one of my spun cotton creations making its way to the Halloween folk art show Halloween and Vine, Sept. 28, 2013. I look forward to seeing all my friends at this annual event. It really kicks off the Halloween season for me, with all the spectacular art and bright orange and black decorations. For more information, head to HalloweenandVine.com. Look forward to seeing you there!  

Saturday

Spun Cotton Witches Sail on the Moon



I love the old spun cotton ornaments of the Victorian age, and so I have been creating some of these little treasures with my own twist. I painted a vintage-style witch's face in watercolors and now use it as the face on my spun cotton witch. This is a sneak peak of a piece I will have available at the upcoming Halloween and Vine folk art show in Petaluma, CA, Saturday, Sept. 28. 

I will have other spun cotton pieces available also at Spirits in Sanford, a Halloween folk art show in north Florida's town of Sanford. The fun part about that show is the Friday night costume party and preview where you dress up, enjoy champagne and appetizers and mingle with the artists to preview and purchase art before the show on Saturday. The cost is $20, and allows you to come back on Saturday to shop some more. You do need to RSVP though. It really puts you in the Halloween spirit to be surrounded by the fabulous Halloween art and having everyone dressed in costume.

It's feeling like fall here in North Florida, where the ancient oak trees are starting to shed their leaves. I hope fall approaches where you live too!