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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Little Minions: Nastri

on April 26, 2013 - 1:41pm

Nastri knows his destiny as a demon. All his friends are demons. His relatives are demons. Even his pet dog is demonic.

He's just a little unsure about acting like one. 

Nastri is ready to fulfill his role in this known universe and the dark realms in-between. He has mastered a booming laugh, can conjure nightmares, melt faces just by imagining it, and yet...yet...

"I'm just a little insecure about it all. Part of it is not sleeping well, I know, but I'm kept up by all the expectations placed upon me. And I'm scared when I'm in the moment, I won't make the right decision. I mean, how do you know when you should make the walls bleed or if it's better to just jump in with a full possession? People keep saying 'you'll feel it' or 'you just know' but when you're starting out, you don't know. It's all very intimidating."

Little Minions: Graebor

on April 19, 2013 - 9:12am

A powerful patrician in his homeland, Graebor holds sway over his fellow countrymen of the proud Waug race.

With a family tree where every branch blooms aristocracy, there is a certain expectation for the sons and daughters of this bloodline.

The family credo is behave as if you hold power, and power is yours. 

Though not officially in a position of authority, Graebor and his ancestors have always had (and sometimes threatened to sever) the ear of army commanders and royalty. Crossing Graebor or disagreeing with him publicly is the equivalent of signing one's own death warrant both socially and, if rumours are to be believed, in the literal sense as well.

As the current eldest male, Graebor is the head of the family. Persuasive, cold, cunning, and outwardly calm, he projects unshakeable leadership. Rarely does one see even a glimpse of the restrained rage undulating beneath his skin, behind his eyes.

But it's there.

In the tilt of his head.

In the silence of a pause.

Waiting to be released.

Bad JuJu

on March 25, 2013 - 8:24am

I am breaking my tradition of starting my show/convention season in late summer, and have signed up to do Art-O-Con in Burlington on May 5th. It's a new convention of really talented local artists with interests ranging from science fiction, to monster goodness, to things of strange and quirky beauty. If you - like me - love FanExpo best for artist alley, and seeing leagues of storm troopers and daleks hanging about, then you need to come out to this event. Besides, with a title like Art-O-Con II: the Wrath of Con, how can you resist?

Since this event is taking place so very far away from the leave-strewn season of hallowed Halloween, I wanted to make sure I had some smaller items on the table that might be more widely embraced than, say,  pumpkins during a month when more people are thinking about what to plant in their garden or how they'll fit into a summer dress rather than plotting Halloween celebrations (though really, who are these people and why are their priorities so skewed? *wink*).

That is how I came up with a collection of Bad JuJu figures. Talismans, if you will. Not quite voodoo dolls, but with all the hoodoo potential a ghoul might want. Adorned with feathers and fur (some with twine, or beads, or black rope), each hand sculpted figure sits upon a uniquely decorated open crate. People can leave the crate as is, or they can remove the paper filler and replace it with their own superstitious bits and bobs: some chicken bones, a lost tooth, some beach glass, little skulls, whatever they like. 

Since I'm planning on keeping one for myself (I think it's important artists keep one example of a collection they made), I might fill it with a bunch of items and have it on display to encourage people to get creative with their new purchase.

So take a look at the additional pictures below, and tell me what you think.

Winter is Over, Yes?

on March 22, 2013 - 12:07pm

Is it safe to come out of hibernation yet?

I know it's supposedly spring, but the freezing temps and ice-crusted snow outside tells my senses otherwise.

The need to reorganize my art inventory and tackle all those projects started - but never finished - during the dark months of winter, however, indicates to me that we are moving into a new season.

2013 has been a wild and crazy ride so far. Almost everyone I know is in the middle of huge life changes that are culminating at the end of this month/start of April. Some are moving to new cities, or provinces, and even (possibly) to foreign countries to begin new jobs. A whole whack of people are buying new houses. Four couples I know are getting divorced (or separated). And sadly, reports of serious illness - some just temporary, others lifelong afflictions - keep coming in.

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Every Walker and How They Died on Walking Dead

on December 6, 2012 - 9:56am

You might have seen this image in the National Post and thought "Oh look, a rainbow skull! How pretty!". But if you looked closer, you'd realize it was made up of tiny zombies. Not just any zombies, but Walking Dead zombies. Every single one that's been killed through the entire show so far on screen.

Scroll down further, and you see a close-up of each one, labeled with who killed them and what weapon they used.

And why the different colours? Why, they are colour-coded of course, by season and whether they are male or female.

 

"While AMC lets The Walking Dead gang take a short mid-season break – the Post’s Andrew Barr and Richard Johnson look at a few of the key statistics of two-and-a-half season’s worth of undead mayhem. They find noteworthy – the gradual increase in the body count, the increasingly creative means of Zombie dispatch, and the fact that every character seems to have developed a clear enjoyment for putting the ambulatory cadavers down for good."
 
 

Set of 3 Zombie Wreath Decorations on Etsy

on December 3, 2012 - 2:30pm

Just added to the shop! A set of 3 Zombie Wreath Ornaments!

Fa la la la la, la la la BRAINS!

Tired of cute snowmen, jolly Santa Claus, and that red nosed reindeer?

Looking for something a little more undead? A little taste of Halloween?

Well here it is. A set of 3 zombie wreath ornaments. Each zombie head is one of a kind, hand sculpted and painted, hung in a festive mini wreath, waiting to spread the disease...er...the joy of the season. 

Each wreath measures approximately 3 inches high/wide, with an extra inch or so of a bendable hanging stem (size varies a little because I actually form the wreaths myself using wire-based, faux-vine decorative strand).

Go take a look in the shop, and don't forget about the Monkey Boo Coupon code.

Close up pictures below.

I DO have another set of 3 zombie ornaments made and might post them later. Same style, same wreath, but different expressions since each is one of a kind!

As well, if there's a particular figure of mine (made recently) that you're interested in, feel free to drop me a note to find out if it's still available for sale.

Monkey Boo Birthday Celebration Sale

on December 3, 2012 - 12:10pm

This week Monkey Boo turns 1 year old. Since she was a rescue from a puppy mill, her paperwork is inconsistent when it comes to what day she was born. Some point to December 1, others point to December 5 (which we think is the more likely date).

In honour of her first birthday (and with it being Christmas time), I'm having an Etsy sale based around the numbers 1 and 5.

First, all orders - despite size - will cost $15 or less for shipping across North America.

And second, for those who read my blog or Twitter or Facebook , you can save an additional 15% off the cost of the item by using the code HAPPYBIRTHDAYBOO

Using the code in addition to the lower shipping rates will save some folks $20 for certain items!

The sale runs from Monday, December 3 to Monday, December 10th. After that, the code expires and shipping prices go back to normal.

So if you know a certain someone who loves one of a kind items, or Halloween, or monsters, or art, perhaps there's a creature in my shop waiting to be put under their tree

Monkey Boo would like to mention that each purchase you make translates into presents (and dogfood and treats) for others (including her), so head on over to the shop and get that Christmas shopping done! 

Pumpkin Carnage

on November 13, 2012 - 8:37am

I thought I was being kind, putting my pumpkin out back to live the last of his days naturally.

Instead, I've subjected him to squirrel torture. I can almost hear him screaming at night "They're eating my face!".

He doesn't look too happy about it either.

I hope he isn't planning revenge.

But I sort of know how he feels. November has been somewhat unpleasant so far. Halloween is over. Everyone is exhausted. 

Then a week ago Sunday little Miss Monkey Boo decided to do a backward summersault with a twist off the couch, landing hard with her hind leg beneath her, knocking her left knee cap loose. She already has a slippery kneecap in the right hind leg. We've been on total rest duty since Sunday November 4th.

Halloween Party 1953 Style

on November 8, 2012 - 1:50pm

I love this video and how into Halloween the father is. If it had been of my family when I was a child, the scenes would have been "Here comes Dad, and boy is he furious everyone is making a mess in the living room and blocking the tv. 'Shoo!' he says."

Sugar Skulls and War of the Worlds

on November 6, 2012 - 9:41am

Who says Halloween is over?

This past weekend I didn't feel like going straight home after work. Instead, I went down to the Harbourfront Centre to catch the end of the Day of the Dead Festival with everything from sugar skulls, to Mariachi Bands, to traditional altar displays. Sadly, I got there 20 minutes before it all shut down, and did a quick tour of the lot. I was disappointed to arrive so late, but soon realized all was not lost.

Turns out there was a theatrical performance of Orson Welles' famous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds by the Art of Time Ensemble. Instead of having 11 voice actors, there were 3: Sean Cullen (who has done many things, but I always think of Corky and the Juice Pigs), Nicholas Campbell (who you might know from Haven, or the classic Da Vinci’s Inquest), and Marc Bendavid (The Border).

It was a simple set, leaving the props and costumes to give the impression of time and setting. The main actors stood to the right with microphones in front, scripts in hand. To the far left was live Foley sound effects artist John Gzowski who was fascinating to watch. In the middle were musicians who, in classic form, spent their free time smoking and reading magazines.

Hanging above the cast was an "On Air" sign and a clock, counting off the hour. 

As someone who loves to listen to stories, and also enjoys a glimpse of history, I was completely captivated. 

You could understand why people tuning in partway into the program might believe the news broadcasts were real. And how, if they didn't stick around to listen until the last quarter, they wouldn't  understand that what they were listening to was a theatrical production.

Even the poster for the event (pictured top left) appealed to me.

And that was just the second half of the show. There was more.

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