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 :)

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Clowny Clown would prefer not to – Crispin Hellion Glover

I started this post ~6 months ago but have been busy with my art so this blog has been neglected :)

crispin-glover

I want to post some films and stuff that I like which contain the oft-creepy Crispin Glover:

Bartleby – “I’d prefer not to”. Odd movie, I really liked Maury Chaykin from the excellent Nero Wolfe in this one too.

Clowny Clown Clown (music video by Glover) – “I was walkin on the ground and I didn’t make a sound…I turned around, and I saw a clown.” When I first saw this video I was obsessed and watched it many, many times over a few days until I went (a bit more) insane…you can view the creepy awesome clowny on youtube.

Infamous David Letterman appearance – lol, check it out on youtube.

Dead Man (film by Jim Jarmusch) – “Look, they’re shooting buffalo”…his short scene in this movie was weird and great. The film itself is a modern classic as well, as is the score by Neil Young.

Back to the Future – McFly! “You’re my density…” — what a classic character. Not really creepy, but included here for completeness :)

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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/

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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

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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 😀

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Getting crafty for Halloween – Floral arrangement thingy

I’m gunna post at least 3 different craft-type things I’ve had fun making in these days leading up to Halloween. The first was the easiest to make but was super fun and I’ll keep it up year-round cuz I love the way it looks.

Halloween floral arrangement

I have been going to Michael’s craft store a lot lately, I love the drive out there (here in Santa Barbara) and they have a lot of cool stuff. Almost everything I used for this floral thingy was on sale, I had no idea what I was doing but I looked at their pre-made arrangements to get some ideas, bought some mini pumpkins, pomegranates, black and burgandy flowers, and some peppercorn-looking things, and stuck ’em all in some styrofoam stuff in this cool urn thing that was 60% off…fun!

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Favorite Halloween songs

I’ve been thinking about my favorite Halloween-mood-inducing songs…I like to listen to them while I’m driving around to buy Halloween stuff and whilst painting spooky graveyard scenes and carving creepy pumpkins by candlelight in the dead of night. These don’t all have Halloween themes but I think they set the right kind of spooky Halloween ambiance and conjure images of leaves blowing through the graveyard in Autumn and dark misty glades with glowing eyes peeking from the foliage and sullen sinking mansions filled with bats and cobwebs.

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead / Hollow Hills / Slice of Life

Danielle Dax – Pariah / 16 Candles (I gave myself a nice scare listening to Pariah last Halloween while driving a lonely foggy road ’round midnight)

Tiamat – Alteration X10 / Teonanacatl / Whatever That Hurts (these were immediately staples of my musical diet when I first heard them)

Siouxsie & the Banshees – Desert Kisses / Arabian Knights

Dead Can Dance – Black Sun / The Cardinal Sin (“Lucretia waits in vain for the child of her dreams…within her aching womb there burns a funeral pyre.“…and that’s from the less-grim song of the pair :))

California Guitar Trio – Toccata And Fugue In D Minor (gorgeous)

The Damned – Grimly Fiendish (did you ever see the Damned on the Young Ones?)

Oingo Boingo – Pictures of You (ooh this is a very unique song, super cool and creepy lyrics on this one!)

Misfits – Halloween (yay)

Trance to the Sun – The Nun V.V. (“Different evil fates await each and every one of my friends“…wow)

45 Grave –  Dream Hits / Phantoms / Slice of Life / Surfbat / Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood (no explanation necessary…one of my all-time favorite albums is Autopsy)

Alice Cooper – Years Ago / Steven (“I must be dreaming…please stop screaming“…whatta creepy song! Every time I hear it I wanna watch weird 70’s horror movies like “Martin”)

Bishop of Hexen – Crossing The Borders Between Light & Darkness

Halloween Hootennany – (A great psychobilly-type compilation with a version of the Munsters theme, an awesome Halloween poem by Zacherle, etc etc)

Airn LeBus / Spectra Mori – The Well (OK that is shameless self-promotion but it’s muy spooky I swear!)

Insane Clown Posse – Halloween on Military Street (gross and funny lyrics, lol, etc)

What did I miss…do any of you creepy visitors have favorite Halloween-related music or stuff to carve pumpkins by or drive around enjoying the Autumn Halloweentyme air?

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Pumpkin Stew

pumpkin stew

 

You must have nourishment in order to cope with the dark and creepiness that abounds around Halloween, or in order to be dark and creepy yourself (depending on your mood). Nothing provides those spooky vitamins and minerals like a yummy bowl of Pumpkin Stew!

Recipe originally from my friend Sarah here in Santa Barbara, so thanks to her for what is now a seasonal tradition :)

Pumpkin Stew (Airn’s version)

1 small pie pumpkin, skin removed and cut into chunks
2 medium-sized carrots
1 can white beans
1 onion
2 bell peppers, one green, one red or try mini sweet peppers
1 can peeled diced tomatoes (do not drain, add juice)
1 box chicken or veggie broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. thyme (dried)
1/2 tsp. savory (dried)
1 or 2 tbsp. corn starch dissolved in cold water (add to stew at very end to thicken, see notes below)
cinnamon to taste (optional)
paprika (optional)

notes:
– brown the garlic, peppers, and onion in olive oil first…try putting a little cinnamon in
– add pumpkin last since it cooks fastest…I brown the peppers and such, then combine everything except pumpkin and corn starch, cook until carrots almost done, then add pumpkin last…once it’s all done put in the corn starch so it thickens…very important to have it thick, dish is much tastier that way 😀
– I think it’s easiest to cut skin off smaller pieces of pumpkin with paring knife rather than using a peeler…also use a little pumpkin carving kit to cut and scrape out the innards, way easier than a knife
– plan on about 30 min for carrots etc + another 30 after adding punkin…whole process is 1 1/2 to 2 hours including cutting everything etc.
– punkin should not be stringy, cook it longer if it is

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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 😀

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.

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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

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