Great pic of Lily Munster

I’ve been watching a lot of The Munsters to get into the Halloween spirit.

I saw this great expression on Lily Munster’s face today and took a screencap:

 

It’s perfect, because I’ve been wanting to paint something for an old wooden oval picture frame that I found in a thrift store.¬†I have this other thing I did on cardboard a few years ago for a Halloween prop, and have wanted to do something similar:

ghost girl prop

With Lily’s prefect expression I think I’ve definitely found inspiration for my next painting!

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Autumn is pumpkin pye tyme

After a spate of heat waves, we finally have cooler weather in Santa Barbara, and it was even overcast today! That means several things, most importantly that scones and pies may now be baked, at my leisure (as is my wont).

Today I stocked up on pumpkin pye stuff, and am now ready for scarfing some grimace proportions of lovely, life-sustaining pumpkin pie in the coming months.

You see, one dreadful year there was a pumpkin shortage. After that horrid event, when I was forced to make sweet potato pie instead, I always stock up early just in case.

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Froot-blood and scone

On the last day of summer I baked my first scone of the season. It was accompanied by my favorite tea, butter, and delicious froot-blood, aka rasperry jam.

Looking forward to some crisp weather for more baking and tea-making!

 

Froot-blood and scone

Froot-blood and scone

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Creepy glowing mushroom and skull-girl

I had some glow-sticks for Halloween and put them near these cool mushroom decorations that I bought so that they glowed green. I took some pix with a tripod and long exposure. Neat…I want glowing mushroom decorations all over my house now. :)

 

Glowing mushroom decoration with skull-girl

Glowing mushroom decoration with skull-girl

 

Glowing mushroom decoration

Glowing mushroom decoration

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New server

I moved this site to a new server. If you notice anything broken or weird please let me know by adding a comment :)

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Salem and Providence Halloween pictures

I was in Salem and Providence last year right before Halloween. I wanted to experience some crisp fall weather and get into a good Halloween spirit :)

In Providence I did this cool HP Lovecraft walking tour and got to visit a graveyard where both Poe and Lovecraft had hung out. Overall I had a really atmospheric and wonderful time. Walking around the neighborhoods of Salem and Providence at that time of year with blustery autumn weather provided the perfect Halloween feel that I was looking for. Here are some pictures I took when I was there.

 

 

 

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Highgate Cemetery, London

I recently visited Highgate Cemetery in London. I was first made aware of this place via pictures by Simon Marsden and got to visit in October whilst on a trip to Europe. It was beautiful and wonderfully overgrown with moss-covered crumbling statues and fallen tombstones entwined with creeping flora. I liked the little village-area of Highgate too and had a delicious Cream Tea there.

Here are a few pix I took of the dark ‘n creepy splendor.

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Just got back…

I just returned from an Autumn-y Europe and New England trip. Saw some epic graveyards, H.P. Lovecraft sites, Salem MA, etc. I will post some kreepy pictures¬† and stuff in a bit…this site was not dead – just dreaming.

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Prague and Bruges night photos

I took some night photos in Prague and Bruges that I thought were appropriate to the Dark and Creepy motif, so here they are :)

Walking around these places at night with hardly anyone around was an amazing experience. In Bruges, it had rained earlier so the cobblestones were wet, perfect…in Prague, it was a foggy night and I watched it drift over the spires of Tyn cathedral and the tower of the Charles bridge.

If you like these, I have an account at Flickr and posted more photos from Bruges, Ghent, Paris, Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Vienna, Bern, Kandersteg, Prague, and Munich there…here’s the link if you want to see more: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chromaticblack/collections/72157622661120281/

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Ernst Ferdinand Oehme – Prozession im Nebel, 1828

Ernst Ferdinand Oehme - Prozession im Nebel, 1828

Ernst Ferdinand Oehme - Prozession im Nebel, 1828

Not sure if this is creepy or beautiful or both but I just came across it and wanted to post it. Babelfish says it translates to “Procession in the Fog”.

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