Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Williams Sonoma Halloween!

Just a gore-geous selection of Hallowe'en treats over at Williams-Sonoma!

They really outdid themselves this year, and man, oh, MAN! Do I wish I could go wild and buy a huge amount of it?

You know I do!

I am head over heels for the vintage Hallowe'en postcard designs they've put on their cups, plates, glasses, and tablecloths! Those designs are truly timeless and I seriously doubt you'd ever want to get rid of them in a garage sale!

One of the positive things about my current situation is that since I don't have my own dishes, kitchenware, etc., any longer, I can take my time in choosing replacements. While I do so love my vintage Coca-Cola bottle opener, this skull opener is pretty darn sweet, too!
What's great is that not only do they have fun Hallowe'en items for you to use for your home, they've taken the time (again) to get some seasonally appropriate recipes together! It's really handy to peruse if you're looking to up your game in the entertaining department. Most of them look elegant, yet seem to be simple enough to make.
If baking is more your thing, they've got you covered there, too! These Hallowe'en surprise sugar cookies make me want to cheat on my diet!
And I could serve them on these cute skeleton plates!

It really makes me miss my yearly Hallowe'en parties!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Horror Made Here!

I got an unexpected email the other day, mixed in with all the daily detritus which seems to always stay annoyingly ahead of my "unsubscribe" capabilities.

At first, I thought it was a mistake, but nope! It was addressed to me, and it seems a real, live (undead?) person was on the other end, generating it, not a bot.

The subject line:
INVITE: Warner Bros. Studio Tour HORROR MADE HERE - Press Night 10/3
Yup. A legit invitation to Warner Brothers Horror Made Here haunt tour!

Now, I don't normally go to haunts unless it's at a convention. I mean to go, I really do! But somehow, the last ten years, I haven't managed to go once the doors open and the scares are officially up and running. I could never find someone to go with and somehow, it didn't seem as fun an idea, going by myself.

This time, however, I am the press, and it is my job to go, get scared, have fun, and report back to all of you! I will throw myself on that grenade, just for you! ;)

From the invitation:
We hope you can join us for a sneak peek of the return of Pennywise in our reimagined It Knows What Scares You maze and debut of the sinister institution from Batman: Arkham Asylum. This year’s Horror Made Here will also feature a blood-curdling maze from The Conjuring Universe, a diabolical viewing of The Exorcist, an eerie tour through Freddy vs. Jason’s Camp Crystal Lake, and much more. Horror Made Here will begin on October 5, 2018, allowing fans to face their biggest fears for 13 nights.
You had me at "It!" And Tim Burton. And The Lost Boys retro arcade!

October 3 cannot come soon enough!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

That's FRANK-enstein!

"By Thy Hand and Will"
Acrylic and oil on canvas board

Kathleen Sanders
"Frankenstein's Monster & His Bride"
Colored pencil on Strathmore paper

Hanzel Haro
"I Am Thy Creature"
Oil on Masonite
200 years!

It's hard to believe, but it's been 200 years since that rainy afternoon Mary Shelley was challenged to write what became, arguably, the first science fiction novel ever written.
In celebration, artist Chogrin curated this show at the Corey Helford Gallery in downtown Los Angeles decided to create a 100 artist group show, dedicated to all the aspects of Frankenstein.
Jared Circusbear
Polymer Clay, Polyvinyl acetate, acrylic

Chad Wehrle
"The Monster of Berry"
Graphite drawing
From the gallery's Facebook page:

Featuring new works by Akihito, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Andrea Blasich, Andy Stattmiller, Anthony Vukojevich, Ashly Lovett, Augie Pagan, Bennett Slater, Bob Doucette, Brendon Flynn, Brian Ewing, Brianna Angelakis, Caitlin McCormack, Carly Janine Mazur, Celeste Moreno, Chet Philips, CHOGRIN, Damian Fulton, Dan Litzinger, Dave Pryor, David Natale, Dean Hopkins, Dienzo, Dos Diablos, Drake Brodahl, Emily Connell, Eric Gonzalez, Erik Alos, Eugene Kaik, Evan Lopez, Geoff Trapp, Glenn Barr, Gris Grimly, Hanna Jaeun, Hanzel Haro, James Groman, Jared Circusbear, Jason Chalker, Jason Hernandez, Jesse Riggle, Jim McKenzie, Jimi Martinez, John A. Nissen III, Justin Gammon, Kasey Tarauj, Kathleen Sanders, Kristina Drake, Lauren Saxton, Lori Herbst, Macsorro, Marc Scheff, Mark Covell, MaryAnn Held, Matt Richie, Mike Mignola, Miles Ritchie, Mizna Wada, Naoshi, Nathan Anderson, Nicole Bruckman, Orlando Arocena, Patch, Pedro Delgado, Rafa Toro , Rebecca Yanovskaya, Robot Soda, Rodolfo Loaiza, Ryan Bartlett, Sean Xenos, Sugar Fueled, The Beast Brothers,Tomas Hjio, Veks Van Hillik and more

COREY HELFORD GALLERY571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)Los Angeles, CA 90033(310) 287-2340

Andy Stattmiller
"Young Frankenstein Nesting Dolls"
Acrylic on wood

Brianna Angelakis
"The Bride"
Oil on canvas

Art friend and fave, Bob Lizarraga, evoked a wistful feeling in his painting, "Frankendaisies."
Bob Lizarraga
Acrylic on panel

Damian Fulton
"Search for Salvation"
Oil on canvas

Sean Xenos
Polymer clay, acrylic, small metal scrap and wood

David Igo
"The Monster"
Graphite and china marker on wood

Kristina Drake
Epoxy clay and resin with custom made electronics

Mike Mignola
"Frankenstein's Monster (With Leaves)" 
Ink wash and watercolor on cold press illustration board

Rodolfo Loaiza
"Green Life"
Oil on canvas

Eric Gonzalez
"Power Couple"
Acrylic on wood
It's hard to choose a favorite, but the pic above is certainly in my top five!
Rafa Toro
"Frankenwedding Cake Topper"
Paper maché, fabric and wood

Bennett Slater
"It Has Never Lived. I Created It"
Oil on wood

Left: David Natale
"Humanity Weeping"
Oil on paper mounted to panel
Right: Glenn Barr
Acrylic on wood
Shows like this remind me of the wonders hidden away in the most unlikely places in Los Angeles. Wonderfully curated, thoughtfully exhibited, and with a wonderful spark in the air!

It . Is. Alive!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Trick or Treat!

Doing the happy dance because I got my Toxic Toons Limited Edition Trick or Treat bag this week!
And because the shipping was a bit less, artist Eric Pigors threw in a little something extra!

I can't wait to get it framed and hung up!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Coming Soon...

I got a Brent in da house, and jack-o'-lantern fun is at hand!

Now all I gotta do is get them fired.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Samhain Stout and Sinister Jack T-Shirt Sale!

If Halloween had a beer, it would be made by the (currently imaginary) 31st October Brewco, and Samhain, himself, would be its Head Brewmaster!
I'm making a run at clearing space and lucky you, Dear Reader, I've decided to have a sale on these soft, comfy, SINISTER t-shirts!
Sinister Jack Spiced Ale, brewed by the darkest souls! T-shirt looks amazing on the living -- or the dead!
Samhain Stout, brewed by the darkest souls! Gray heather t-shirt with Samhain Stout beer label design looks fantastic on the living or the undead!

I have both men's and women's shirts on clearance for $10 plus shipping. They're of exceptionally good quality and the design was a collaboration between artist Bob Lizarraga and myself!

Head over to ShellHawk's Creations on Etsy to purchase your t-shirts now, and in the coming weeks, there just might be a few of my ceramic jack-o'-lanterns to adopt, too!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Don't Go Breakin' My Heart

 Beautifully made teapots by Richard Notkin!

Other examples here. Articles here.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Magic Wheelchair and Haunter Cory Hunt

Click the pic for the newsreel on this wonderful build!
Haunters take a lot of crap from certain segments of the population. From, "It's too early to decorate" (on October 1) to "You're going to Hell!", I feel we're unfairly singled out as people who are weighed in as "not nice" on the judgment scale.

We, of course, know better.

Many of us haunt for a favorite charity. We participate in food drives. We raise money to buy dog beds for local shelters. And we do lots of different things for kids and kids' charities because Hallowe'en is, after all, something of a kid's holiday.

And then, there's Cory Hunt.

Cory formerly ran the Nightmare Playgrounds Haunt before getting involved with West Coast Haunters Convention and the Oregon School for the Deaf.

Cory is the guy that children run to because they instinctively know he's a protector, because he's fun, and because he's just a lovable kind of guy. He's got a heart for the kids, and it isn't even dripping with blood!

It's not surprising that he eventually became part of the magic at Magic Wheelchair, an organization which builds costumes for kids in wheelchairs so they can enjoy cosplaying with everyone at the various conventions.

Cory previously took the lead on a Supergirl costume build for young Zoe, and this time he and his team built a Darth Vader costume for Xavier. Click on the pic above to see the news article from Stockton Con!

For more info about Magic Wheelchair, click here.

Meanwhile, Cory, thank you for being such an amazing and giving human being!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Halloween Tree Painting Progress

I'm not a painter. I don't know how to paint. I've never done it. Kind of. If you don't include my office in my last house, that is.

But considering I've been away from clay for so long, and Hallowe'en calls so loudly -

And Aaron Brothers is out of business and had a sale on everything having to do with painting -

I decided to try.
So this here is my very first painting on canvas.
I have no idea what I'm doing, but in spite of that, it seems to be turning out well. 
Eventually, I'll get it done.  There are lots of pumpkins to paint.
Once it's done, I'll get some prints made.
Meanwhile, I might just be able to get my segment for the Charmed Pot done before the show this week...

Monday, July 30, 2018

Midsummer Scream!

Another Midsummer Scream has come and gone, and I cannot wait for next year, when (hopefully) I can be a vendor there, again!
Artis David Everett of Chicken Lips chats with a
fan next to his delightful dead Madame Leota.
Every year, David Markland and Claire Dunlop - plus the White Bats, their personal army of volunteers - gather together the very best of the Hallowe'en community for this incredible weekend convention. The vendors display a dizzying array of strange, unusual, and spooky wares, from makeup and costuming to movie posters and soaps to paintings and sculpture!
The Ghostbusters of So. Cal. were in the house, with their packs and coveted copy of Tobin's Spirit Guide.
I discovered a new (for me) vendor in Haunted Manor.

And there was just so much cool stuff to be had! I really wish I'd had more to spend!
I can honestly say that I'd never seen a mouse murder house before, but I suppose it was inevitable.
The Hall of Shadows was filled with small, walk-through haunts which were a ton of fun, plus there were some very elaborate and drool-inducing displays.

I tell you, when I've paid off all the dang attorney's fees from my divorce, there will be some serious thought about the decorating style of my new place... 
 To all the folks at Midsummer Scream, see you next year!
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