Saturday, September 29, 2018

Behind You!

Keep looking. Glance over your shoulder. Behind you! There!
Artist Brian Coldrick creates creepy, single-panel horror stories to chill your bones in an instant!
I think the one above is particularly germane to our times...

Follow Brian's Tumblr here.
Support his Patreon page here.

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.