Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ornaments, ornaments and yes indeed... a few more ornaments

A quick little "How do you do?" as we come close to the end of another work week... well, the end for those of you who work a regular 9 to 5 day job. For me, the work week is only about half done (she says while yawning and reaching for more coffee.)

To break it up a little bit I thought I'd share a peek of what I've been working steadily on for the past few weeks. Now that they are (mostly) done I was inspired to get a rack hung up in my storage cabinet so I could hang up all of these... you guessed it... ornaments.

Other items of interest today ~ The EHAG Emporium opens its cyber doors at 9:00 pm Eastern, hope you'll check out the goodies available this month. I'll be lurking to see what everyone has made, as for me... well I had a little too much on my plate this month, so I couldn't play along. ~ Lori

Monday, March 28, 2011

Adding one more Halloween show into the mix

Yes, that's what I said! 
I am thrilled to be able to participate in this show (though not in person), with so many of my peers by means of sending my artwork to the 3rd Annual National Halloween Convention in Philadelphia (at the Valley Forge Convention Center.)
SpookyTime Jingles member artwork will be shown and for sale in the "Artists Alley" under SpookyTime Jingles.

SpookyTime Jingles will have two booths this year to display/sell group members artwork.
The sales floor will be open from:
Friday to Sunday ~ May 6th through 8th.
... and from what I've heard this promises to be a very exciting show, so I hope you'll mark the dates and start your Halloween shopping early!

As for me, well I have to go for now... I am still working on my papier mache pieces for this show. Wish me luck! ~ Lori

Friday, March 25, 2011

I am bursting with excitement!

... because this year I will be participating in Halloween and Vine!
For years now it's been a dream of mine to see the show, an even larger dream to be fortunate enough to participate in it.
I am in great company and very lucky to be alongside so many of my favourite Halloween artists... some of whom I've never met and some of whom I am proud to say are my friends.
It's going to be a busy year prepping for this show and for the second annual SpookyTime Jingles Holiday Soiree as well.
Mark the dates, I hope to see you there!
SpookyTime Jingles 2nd Annual Holiday Soiree on Saturday, September 10th
Halloween and Vine on Saturday, September 24th
Picture: Content copyright © 2010 Halloween and Vine

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Retro Rudolph's Retro-spective... another trip down memory lane

Every now and then I get an email from a cherished collector who sends me pictures of the pieces they've collected from me.

This week I received four pictures from Paul who I believe was my very first Halloween collector in late February of 2006. It's hard to believe it's been a little over five years now since I took the plunge and decided to make my love affair with papier mache my full time career.

It's very interesting for me to see these pieces again, especially when they are all displayed so thoughtfully en masse. The progression in my work strikes me profoundly. It brings to mind the expression "You've come a long way baby!"
Don't get me wrong here... that's not to say that I don't appreciate my art from it's humble beginnings... I do, but I think I have become a better artist/sculptor in those five years. I have learned a lot throughout these years (through hard work and experimentation) and am still learning and honing my skills to this day. I don't think I'll ever stop learning, nor do I want to... that's part of what keeps this interesting and challenging for me.

With Paul's permission I am sharing the pictures he sent me. He has most of his Retro Rudolph's pieces displayed on a 64" x 18" sofa table. He also started a Halloween tree to display some of the ornaments I have made.

A HUGE thank you Paul. For all your purchases in the past five years, for taking the time to send me email, meet me in person, post pics of my art on your own blog and for all the amazing things you have said regarding my art. It means more to me than you'll ever know to have a "cool-ector" such as you! ~ Lori 

(Above) ~ A wide shot of his display.

(Above) ~ A close-up of tree, pumpkins, hag with party hat, "Sad Sack figures" (in front) and behind a masked skeleton and hag with party hat ~ two of my earlier Halloween pieces.

(Above) ~ A close-up of several pumpkins from 2008 ~ 2010.

(Below) ~ (back left of picture) A pumpkin man and pumpkin girl with party hat, both are from my "2 heads are better than 1" series of 2006/2007. (The heads swap out to a witch and a skelly.) Several pumpkins, pumpkin/veggie man containers are featured in front.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Shades of things to come in 2011

As most of you know I make hollow pieces - the majority of which can hold candy or be illuminated when displayed. And every year I love to make ornaments which serve a dual purpose as lanterns/luminaries or candy containers. This year is no exception!

My inspiration this time came from the Halloween collection of one of my collectors. Her paper/paper mache lanterns really "spoke" to me and set my brain whirling. Although my inspiration is from the old (and yes, I'm often inspired by old Halloween imagery) I always like to put my own "spin" or "twist" on things.

Below you will see the wip's (works in progress) of some lantern/mache pieces for 2011.
I have great plans for these - some will be smaller (as seen at bottom of pic) to serve as ornaments for those who have Halloween themed trees. Some will be larger - accordion pleated paper lantern only ornaments, but I also plan to make larger pieces with papier mache topped/head pieces and probably some lantern shaped candy boxes too.

Who knows what these will evolve into? I don't... but I am having the time of my life bringing them to life. ~ Lori

Friday, March 11, 2011

SpookyTime Jingles ~ sneak peek

I thought I would share a very cryptic sneak peek of my SpookyTime Jingles offerings this month.
Hint: They are candy containers... but that's all I'm going to post or say about them for now.
You'll have to pop into STJ as the 12th becomes the 13th to see the full picture(s).
Happy March Break everyone! ~ Lori