Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Walpurgisnacht: Halloween 2.0!!

The end of April marks Walpurgisnacht, the northern European and Scandinavian celebration of pagan origins. Customs vary from country to country, but modern festivities commonly involve revelers dressed as witches feasting and dancing around bon fires to officially welcome spring, celebrate fertility and drive away evil spirits. Sounds like a good party!

Disney famously portrayed Walpurgisnacht in the Night On Bald Mountain sequence from Fantasia. I didn't even realize this until mumsy pointed it out... but I do remember the Demon scaring the pants off me as a kid!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Quick props update:

All these 'half-way to Halloween' reminders are making me realize how behind I'm getting in the shop. Depressing.

This is the current crop nearing completion...
UV mache yard stake arm. The sheerness of some flourescent paint tests my patience, so this has been in progress longer than I care to admit. But it looks totally righteous under the blacklight! This little ghoul is shop bound.

$7.99 gaudy fixture from Value Village (*ahem*, VV Boutique) stripped and rewired with a super long plug in cord, and outfitted with flicker flame bulbs. Needs something... loads of pulled cheesecloth webs or strands of faux crystal beads. Not sure. Will be hanging this in our porch which was needing a better source of light.

Another thrift store score! Stuck some led candlesticks in this hideous candelabra (did someone actually use this on their dining room table?! Yikes!), and am melting opaque whie glue 'wax' drips over a Magic Sculp  armature. Second small candelabra is in the background if I can get around to it!                                                        

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Our little ghoul is going to art school!!

Our eldest daughter Grace is still walking on a cloud after getting her acceptance to the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and we couldn't be more proud!

This is one of my favorite pieces of hers: Radio Family. (ink, watercolour wash, gouache).