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”.

My creepy “Graveyard Girl from the Dream City” painting

OK, here is another one of my own dark ‘n creepy paintings, I just finished it…it’s an undead-ish girl that dwells in a darkly beautiful graveyard on the edge of a shadowy dream-city.

Dream City Girl painting

Dream City Girl painting

Click the image to be whisked away to my painting site. You can then click the image there for a bigger version. There are also some details from the painting and a bunch of stuff about it that you may or may not care about :)

Kris Kuksi

Kris Kuksi\'s art

Holy cow, Kris Kuksi’s stuff is frickin’ insane! The drawings are like Giger crossed with Leoardo da Vinci and the sculpture is mind-blowing. His website has nice big pictures of his stuff too, which is refreshing and lets one fully partake in the incredible works of art he has created.

Kris Kuksi’s site: http://kuksi.com/

Laurie Lipton’s amazing drawings

Drawing by Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton is one of those artists that amazes me, but also causes confusion — how can any human make such crazily complex and detailed drawings? The copious quantity as well as incredible quality causes me considerable quandaries. Check out her stuff via the links below; I particularly like “Haunted Doll’s House” and “The Dead Factory”. Look at the details on those drawings! Dang.

Personally, as an artist who needs a lot of work in the drawing department, I’m a little disturbed not so much by the skeletal or moribund subject matter but by personal feelings of artistic inadequacy when I look at these masterpieces :)

myspace: http://www.myspace.com/laurieliptondrawings

website: http://www.laurielipton.com

More Halloween crafts: Stained glass spiderweb and Jack O’ Lantern

I used to make a lot of copper foil stained glass but it’s rather tedious, toxic, and requires a dedicated work area unless you want glass shards all over your house.  On one of my journeys to the craft store I bought a ton of this Gallery Glass stuff which is just a liquid that you can use to make cool stained glass-like art.

I recently made a spiderweb and a Jack O Lantern scene. I did them on the 8×10 glass from a store-bought picture frame and then hung them up with fishing line in my window:

Spiderweb stained glass

Pumpkin in graveyard stained glass (gallery glass)

On the spider one I painted it on with craft acrylic after I had finished the main design.

This stuff is fun and easy and the best part is if you mess up a bit, you can easily cut out the part you don’t like with an exacto blade and redo that area – I did that on several sections of the pumpkin one and it ended up looking great in my window…it won’t last as long or have the same effect as real stained glass, but it’s about 1/100th of the effort so for now I am going to make a bunch more of these things :D

Awesome Halloween advent calendar

I just got this awesome Halloween advent calendar and put it in an old frame that I found at an antique mall. It looks so cool I just have to show you all :D

Halloween advent calendar from Ghastly Greetings

The calendar is from Ghastly Greetings. FYI I had to trim it a little to fit it in the 11×14 frame but it didn’t seem to mess it up. It’s now hanging on my wall, much admired, as I happily open the little window things each day as I count down to my favorite holiday.

Noche De Los Muertos art show

Throughout the month of October there is a great show here in Santa Barbara with Day of the Dead and Halloween art. It’s called Noche De Los Muertos and it’s at the Muddy Waters Cafe:

Noche De Los Muertos
Muddy Waters Cafe
508 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara, California
(805) 966-9328

The reception for the show is Oct 18th at 7PM, all ages, or go by Muddy Waters any time this month to see all the dark and creepy art!

Here’s the flyer:

I have my own Halloween painting in this show:

Jovial Jack O Lantern oil painting

Pigtail Gurl is creepy

I think my pigtail gurl painting is kinda kreepy, so here it is. I will have more creepies later, my next painting is a graveyard with a jack o lantern in it.

Creepy pigtail gurl painting by airn lebus:

creepy pigtail girl oil painting

Zdzislaw Beksinski

zdzislaw beksinski paintingI don’t think art gets much darker than that of Zdzislaw Beksinski without being gratuitous…his art seems honest and real, and can be quite disturbing. I’ve seen his stuff around before on album covers and such, but didn’t know his name until recently, so I have only just started exploring his incredible works. I think I need to ingest it in small doses.

I don’t know if I can say I ‘like’ his art…perhaps I am astounded by it, and overwhelmed by it. I am especially impressed by his grim landscapes, endless fields of gravestones and monumental buildings.

Rather than attempt to describe his works, I present some links to view them for yourselves. Links open in a new window.

Online gallery with lots of pix: http://www.gnosis.art.pl/iluminatornia/sztuka_o_inspiracji/zdzislaw_beksinski/zdzislaw_beksinski.htm

Official site: http://www.beksinski.pl/

Wikipedia for more info on his life and tragic death:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zdzis%C5%82aw_Beksi%C5%84ski

It’s interesting to read about his own feelings on his art in the Wikipedia article…’humorous’ would not be a word I would personally use to describe his paintings :)

The Well – A dark and creepy Lovecraft-inspired song

The Well III oil painting

Dreams of darkness calling, falling through the stars…Lovecraftian, I reckon. This, my friends, is a spooky song called The Well. Inspired by Bauhaus, Lovecraft, Tiamat, Danielle Dax, 45 Grave, and Oingo Boingo :)

Link: The Well (MP3)

Yes, this song just so happens to be written and performed by yours truly. I did the painting for the song too…go to my painting blog for the full image and info about the painting.

Lyrics:

[creepy sounds of impending doom]

winter wind is blowing, throwing fallen leaves
through the graves it’s wending, lending chills to all

dreams of darkness calling, falling through the stars
lurking silence staring, glaring from the well

the night around is twisting, like water swirling round
now it’s reaching upwards, groping through the ground

[disturbing sounds of madness and chaos]

Written, performed, recorded etc by Airn LeBus (c) 2007.