Twinkle…twinkle…twinkle…twinkle…poof and…wha-la!

Finally finished the frame for my moon painting. Normally I’m not boastful about my own work. At least I don’t think I am? If you knew me personally, you’d probably say I’m not at all a braggart, but I am quite proud of myself for having pulled this frame off! It was kind of ambitious. When I told a few people about it during the planning stages, they responded as though it would be either A) too difficult B) cheesy or C) wondered why I’d even bother. In retrospect, you might see how it was a bit difficult to explain what I was trying to do in words. Sometimes only a visual will do. Up to a certain point, I was a little worried about pulling it off myself. I am very happy how this turned out AND it wasn’t as much of a headache to assemble as I thought it would be. I gave myself enough time to ponder over the construction beforehand so it went off with only a hitch or two. The pieces were added in layers for a relief effect. Foam core was used as a base for the main part of the frame. It helped to give the frame a feeling of weight in terms of thickness (not physical weight). The illustrations were digitally colored, printed out, mounted to black cardstock, cut and then added on mostly with foam core spacers. Last but not least, the little chain shared by the skeleton (affectionately referred to by me as Skelly) and the ghost (Ghostie) is made of paper. The overall paper construction of the frame is important to me, as it echoes the history of Halloween and the paper ephemera associated with the holiday. The Halloween show this will be a part of is supposed to be in tune with the history of Halloween, so I thought that was a good thing to represent. Paper decorations are my absolute favorite part about Halloween.

DID I TELL YOU I JUST LOVE HALLOWEEN!? (Imagine me saying that with my mouth wide open like Charlie Brown or Linus).

And so it might all be coming together for you by now as to why I make Halloween decorations for my Etsy shop too. 😉

Here’s the promo card for the show below. The very cool and creeeeeppppy art is by Sam Heimer who is running the show. Anyone in the Philadelphia area who loves Halloween is sure to be in for a real treat. This show is sure to be a great kick-off to the Halloween season! So put your pants on on Oct. 1st and come on out!


This October 1st – 31st the Autumn Society of Illustration, the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society and Proximity Gallery present:

Opening Reception October 1st, 2010
October 1st – October 31st
Proximity Gallery
2434 East Dauphin Street
Philadelphia PA 19125

Once a year the summer sun passes on to make way for the birth of the next season. From it’s passing, the month of October welcomes many changes with the coming of the season of Autumn. Most know the presence of Autumn thanks to the calm breeze that soothes the sun scorned fields of a past summer’s day and the prismatic changes that trees decorate themselves with. Others, especially in the northern ends of the world, know it marks the last harvest of the year. The last harvest, the slaughtering of cattle, and stockpiling of grain are all in preparation for winter. These tasks largely decided Life and Death, and thus was a time to celebrate, mourn and call on the spirits of the season and the field, both good and evil.

A novelty now, viewed as children’s games of years forgotten, the rites, practices and superstitions stemming from harvest holidays used to embody the fact that life is precious, delicate, and at a time, largely relied on the last harvest. What at one time was a potluck holiday, borrowing from most farming civilizations, Halloween has lost its edge, its lesson, its beauty. What was once a celebration of life and death, role-reversal and phantasmagoria, black and orange is now garish, commercialized and seemingly meaningless.

Fall is often a short reprieve; a flash of beauty between the sweltering summer and bone chilling winter, passed before it’s noticed. However, thanks to rituals that do not invite publicity or the light of day, the practices, adornment and lore that were once Halloween will be celebrated by 35 nostalgic artists this October. For the first time, the Autumn Society and the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society have collaborated to bring you “Hallowed Halloween”. This celebration will be welcomed and housed at Proximity Art Gallery, which is Philadelphia’s premiere upcoming gallery for fresh, new talent in the visual arts.

The “Hallowed Halloween” art exhibition will feature multi-media based artwork exploring all the elements that make Halloween creepy, imaginative, and fun. This will include exposing its roots in folklore, diverse rituals, adornment and staple characters. Thanks to Proximity Gallery and the gathered artists this exhibition and celebration will ignite the Autumn bonfires as we, the living and the dead celebrate Halloween in all its magic and lore.

Come join the goblins, ghosts, witches and artists this October 1st for the opening reception of “Hallowed Halloween” at Proximity Gallery.

Next time: New doggie embroidery patterns coming up, starting with a Chihuahua.