Thursday, April 12, 2018

Grimm's Ghost Stories

Since I was on a "ghost stories" kick, I looked for some other covers. I was not disappointed!
A little blurb about Grimm's Ghost Stories here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ghost Stories

Some wonderful cover art from a creepy old magazine!
"We will pay $10,000 for a ghost!"

Wow. So lurid and creepy!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Wrongness - A ShellHawk's Nest Tradition!

Yes, this still makes me giggle, because I sometimes have the humor of a twelve-year-old boy.

Click on the bunny and you'll see what I mean.

Happy Easter, y'all!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Night Gallery at Creature Features

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Night Gallery! A place where the chill in the air has less to do with temperature, and more to do with the infernal pieces of art on display...
"Lone Survivor"
"She'll Be Company
For You"
Burbank's own Creature Features has done something truly wonderful in gathering a spine-tingling selection of the original paintings from Rod Serling's Night Gallery, a show which is open to the public until March 31.

Painted by Jaroslav “Jerry” Gebr and Tom Wright, the paintings were a staple of the show, allowing Serling, with his trademark voice and diction, to introduce each tale of supernatural horror to his viewers. (You can get more history on Night Gallery here.)

Tom Wright, himself, was in attendance, a thin, stylish man with a quick wit and a ready smile for the fans who cornered him to sign their prints. He's gone on to become a director, mostly in television, since he did his time in the Night Gallery, with Castle and Supernatural among his credits.
"Pamela's Voice"
"Spectre in Tap
I remember that as a kid they fascinated me, so being in the same room with them was truly an awe-inspiring event. I could have stood most of the night, studying the brush strokes and drinking them in, but the show was a smashing success, and with that came the droves of fans. To be polite, I couldn't just stand there and block everything!

Those paintings were amazing, in large part because Tom Wright (who painted the lion's share of them) made a decision to paint each of them in completely different styles, so they'd appear to the viewer to be by different artists, as they would be if they were hung in a gallery setting. This one decision gave Night Gallery a layer of reality and believability it may not have had, otherwise.

It made me nostalgic for the days when studios seemed to be willing to go that extra mile, to pay a little extra money for that special touch to give the viewer a more intense experience with a story.
Untitled for an unproduced episode
I hope that if you're in the Burbank, California area in the next week or so, you take the time to go see this once-in-a-lifetime display of paintings!
"The Cemetery"

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dystopian Window

Art Deco Moon Window
Looks just a little Ridley Scott, to me.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bodies, Bodies, Everywhere!

 Alright, now that you've been warned, I can give you a little re-cap of my dad's and my adventure to see Body Worlds: Pulse.
 We hopped on the Metro (L.A's subway) and headed towards the museum, which is next to the U.S.C. campus. I missed the exhibit when it was in Sacramento, so when Dad asked if I wanted to go, I jumped at the opportunity! After all, this was a great opportunity to get reference photos for figure drawing, on which I really need to start brushing up! (SO rusty!)

As we entered the exhibit, I couldn't help but reflect how far we've come in terms of what we've learned about the human body, and what a fight those first explorers had against the Church and the mores of the day. (Dissect a human, go to jail!)
 I'm not going to enter a lot of tet here. I'll just let you scroll through and see the amazing machine the human body is!
Yes, that is his own skin he's holding.
The teensy-weensy bones in your ear!
The "Tai Chi Guy," as he's called, was an example of hip, knee, and shoulder replacement surgeries, all of which I will undoubtedly need in twenty years or so! 
 The guy below sure had a lot of nerve! *rimshot*
One of the things I enjoyed about the exhibit was the effect of modern life on our bodies. Overindulgence, under-exercise, stress, computers and all that good stuff can have a detrimental effect, and seeing the results, preserved, was fascinating!
All the blood vessels in the body! WOW!
You know you're a haunter when all you can see is the bad
tombstone behind the awesome corpse!
The exhibit is so large, it has to be displayed in sections. So Dad and I went to the next section, weaving in and among the school kids out on their field trips.
This female swimmer was cut in half to show all the organs.
Oh, and if you're still a smoker, check out the pictures below.
The figure below was incredibly impressive in person. "The Gymnast" holds his lungs and other internal organs above his head while balancing on three wooden orbs. The artistry in the exhibit was, I feel, most obvious in this creative presentation!
A bit of "Boy's Night Out" whimsy.
Passing the Ace
It was, all in all, a grand day out!
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