Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day to all!

 

 

No matter what type of mother you are, no matter your size, shape, style, species - today is your special day! Thank you for all your love and sacrifices.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Works in progress -

 We are about halfway to Halloween!

I'm working on a hag. 

I love hags! The noun "hag" can be defined in many different ways: harridan, ogress, crone, biddy, fishwife, witch, virago, battle-axe... the list is actually quite long, mostly disparaging to an old woman who is often misunderstood. 

 I prefer to view hags as those who have lived long enough to gather much wisdom about life and the earth. Here, my latest creation in progress, is my Highland Hag. Highland because I am mostly Scottish/Nordic, and am drawn to that probably by sheer force of genetic eellular memory. My hag in progress is a soothsayer. Haven't completed her story yet (as all my creations have little accompanying stories) but will update soon as I am able to.

Be nice to old women of the forests, glens and hills. Hug a hag today!


Thursday, April 7, 2022

Visions of Easters past! -

A throwback to 2018 (sorry, not for sale - he was sold via PFATT Marketplace)

FrankenbunNY

He missed Easter... but, among the broken egg shells and leftover candy, he's risen and is ready for Halloween!


 I created him while I was a member of the PFATT (Prominent Folk Artists Trinkets and Treasures). 

 

Sunday, February 20, 2022

What's on my art table right now...

 I love to divide my time between projects, going from one to the other. I've found that this not only breaks up the overall monotony and prevents you from becoming too "bored" but also you will complete more this way than if you were just working on a single project.

Keepsake boxes hold a particular fondness for me. Each one can be completely different from the other, as simple or as complicated and intricate as you like. I've created a lot of them over the past ten years, using discarded candy boxes, cheese boxes, resin containers and whatnot. Currently, I've revisited the mini "coffin" keepsake because they are just so much fun to do, especially since they have metal hinges. What can you use them for? To store just about anything that comes to mind. Old jewelry, Grandma's beloved family recipes, baby teeth, you name it.

Because I love autumn and Halloween so much, mine typically reflect that design, as you see in the two styles I've posted here. All are wooden boxes with hand-sculpted polymer clay items, and painted with acrylics.

One is titled, well, AUTUMN, complete with a trio of ripened corn, mushrooms poking up from the forest floor, grasses, vines, and - of course! - a big grinning Jack O'lantern at the top, all of which are set against a fake wood grain motif that I made out of polymer clay. The box itself is painted and lined with a very colorful Halloween-colored leafy vine border piping that I found at a store last fall and fell in love with.

 

 

The other one I've dubbed ASHES. It's more Dia de Los Muertos-inspired, with a decorated calavera (skull) surrounded by a wreath of colorful satin roses, flowers and black bow tie, with an ornate framed glass heart, all set against a hand-worked polymer clay background that I impressed with a floral stamp for added depth and texture. The box is lined with a very pretty red lace, which pops against the deep black underneath. 

 

More projects await me, which I feel pressed to complete because it feels like COVID put a damper on being creative, let alone the simple joy of being included in any sort of art festivals. Two years and counting now, and you know what? I NEED to have some Halloween fun this year. Two years of staying indoors, avoiding crowds, wearing masks, washing my hands and maniacally wiping down surfaces with bleach ... no regrets in doing so, as I truly believe it was all for the better and good so we can stay healthy and happy. But you know what? In spite of my natural hermit-like tendencies, I'm more than a little stir-crazy and ready to get out (safely and with great caution, of course). I aim to have plenty of Halloween goods at the ready, and hey, maybe even participate in an actual art show again! Wow, that would be just lovely.

 

What are you working on right now? And what are your plans for making Halloween 2022 the brightest and best ever?

 

 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Born on this day, in 1809...

 Happy 213th Birthday to the Master of American Horror...


Handmade clay bat-winged heart keepsake box 

(sorry - sold) with inside Poe quote - 2016.

 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021

Can it be true? -

 Am I actually seeing some Halloween decor in our local stores?!







Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Father's Day! -

 

Wishing all the loving Dads out there a very Happy Father's Day!
 

A father need not be solely traditional in appearance or manner. Cheers to those who march to the beat of a different drum!
 
 
 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Kitty Halloween Shindig! -

 Like I say every springtime when the heat and humidity begins ... keep thinking of Halloween!

                         Kitty Halloween Party - by Ellie Gee

MacabreWebs - copyright 2021

 I've always loved vintage Halloween-style cats. Part scary, part mischief, the way Halloween should be!

This painting is my take on that, with several different cats all gathered together for some feline fun and shenanigans. And I've also been transfixed by cats playing fiddles, for some reason, and have added one in center focus of the group.

Acrylic paint and ink on heavy multi-media paper. To purchase a digital copy of your own, please visit my Etsy shop:

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/AutumnBrilliance

 

Only 150 days to go until Halloween!



Friday, May 21, 2021

'It was always Sara!'

 Happy Springtime Greetings everyone!

When you think about your friends, you are always able to pick at least one who has that special ability to get things done, to easily gather crowds around them, and to make some happy magic happen!

'It was always Sara' is my ode to the scores of wonderful, imaginative, strong, happy-at-heart women who conjure up the love and magic in their everyday lives, affecting all around them with a sense of positivity. That's what it's all about!

One of many acrylic paintings I've worked on over the past few months as I gear up for Halloween 2021. 

Prints are available! 

Contact me at macabrewebs@yahoo.com for info

 

 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Of witches and mice and cool cloudy days...

 On this delightfully chilly morning, I took a revisit to one of the most favorite characters I've created in recent years.

GrimZelda was an undeniably colorful product of my imagination, a conglomerate of various female villains all rolled up into one image, sculpted from several types of clay (mostly Sculpy but also air-dry paper clay). As with all of my characters, she had a back story leading up to the inclusion of the tiny protagonist character of Wee Mousie, also a Sculpy creation. Their story is still partially done; I really need to complete it and have it published.

I always felt that female villains in particular had a sympathetic background that needed to be told so that we could understand their descent into villainy. True, some could be construed as pathologically and irretrievably evil, but for the rest, certain key elements and experiences in their formative years may have been the key cause that led them to their contemptible lives.

And thus wraps up my morning of pop psychoanalysis, lol! 

Now, back to creating HALLOWEEN goodies.

Only 192 days to go!