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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Art of Owl Song aka Andie Wolf

on October 11, 2012 - 5:57pm

Tonight is Creature Feature, the opening solo show of Toronto artist Andie Wolf. With subjects ranging from monsters to mammals, Owl Song (as she's known online) explores nature and the unnatural in equal parts. Always fun, and often beautiful, her work is a refreshing take on imagery we thought we knew.

Join Andie Wolf at Playful Grounds (in Little Italy) tonight at 8 pm for the opening. If you can't make it tonight, the show will run into November, and a second installment will continue until year end. Playful Grounds, 605 College St. (between Bathurst & Ossington) Toronto, Ontario 416-645-0484

Halloween in the Black Lodge

on October 10, 2012 - 7:14am

 

(picture from adaytimesinner on deviant art)

I had a grand theme planned for this year. Several large sculpting projects. One huge build. 

When September 1st hit, I realized I wasn't going to have the time or the budget to execute the plan this year (but maybe next year). As the start of September crept closer to mid-September, I started to panic. I couldn't decide on what to do. Finally I asked myself "if you could incorporate any theme into your Halloween party decor, just for your own enjoyment (as opposed to what I think would look really cool), what would it be?"

Well, THAT'S easy. Twin Peaks.

Huh. 

And just like that, this year's theme was decided.

I'm a big Twin Peaks fan. I would drop everything and run away with Agent Dale Cooper in a heartbeat. I've been to the real Twin Peaks (twice), sat in the real Double R Diner, and had coffee black as midnight on a moonless night with a plate of cherry pie.

I've refined the theme a bit, of course. I could do a general Twin Peaks party, but I wanted to stay true to the Halloween element. I'm designing the decor around the Black Lodge/White Lodge concept (for those who never watched the show, basically it's believed there are good and bad realms the spirit must to pass through, and where evil/goodness presides).

A Little Minion: Lucius

on October 9, 2012 - 7:11pm

 

 
If given the option between trick or treat, Lucius will always choose trick.
 
More mischievous than evil, this little demon encourages pranks on Halloween night.
 
He leaves cartons of rotten eggs for bored teenagers to find.
 
Pushes jack o'lanterns to the edge of steps, creating temptation for bad little boys to teeter them from their safe spot.
 
He'll even shake all the bottles of soda pop set out for thirsty Halloween party goers.
 
The figure is approximately 7 inches tall. See more images below.
 
I've added Lucius to my etsy shop as part of the Lucky 13 sale. 

Halloween Figures in the Lucky 13 Sale

on October 9, 2012 - 12:03am

Yesterday (our Thanksgiving Monday) while Canadians everywhere were chowing down on Turkey dinners, I was painting.

I was able to get a number of figures completed (and a few close to completion). As you may know, I'm having my Lucky 13 sale on Etsy up until October 13th, at which point I will put the shop in vacation mode until after my last show of the season.

Small "Halloween In a Jar" Scenes

on October 8, 2012 - 10:54am

Every year I try to come up with a new "thing" for shows, especially for the Bazaar of the Bizarre (Oct 21st in Toronto) where people tend to like my stuff vs my art if that makes any sense at all. One of the new items for this year is my Halloween in a Jar dioramas. I'd done a handful of prototypes for FanExpo and all sold.

This time around, I've picked up some fairly large jars and some very tiny jars. The pumpkins seen here are for the tiny jars. To put it into perspective, note the size of the penny beside the pumpkins. Teeny weenie! 

Monkey Boo Likes Halloween Too

on October 7, 2012 - 10:55am

When they invented Halloween products for dogs, they had people like me in mind. They saw me a mile away.

My budget for this year's Halloween decor is tight. I mean stranglehold-tight. And with the exception of a couple purchases for this year's theme, I put myself on a Halloween diet: no spending besides what is on the list. 

But...

Pillsbury Sugar Pucks

on October 7, 2012 - 10:06am

Here in Canada, we don't get as many Halloween-themed foods as our friends south of the border. It's a novelty I lament missing out on, though most of the products are foods I wouldn't normally buy (like sugary cereals or waffles). It would just be nice to see them in the grocery aisle.

The other day, Yetch came home with Pillsbury Cookies that had ghosts on them. 

Generally speaking, on the rare occasion when cookies are in the house, they are usually homemade. I don't enjoy baking (love cooking, hate baking), but if I'm going to indulge, I want it to taste really good.

I am familiar with Pillsbury products. We had them growing up, and when I was in the my early 20s, it was the closest thing to baking that I attempted. 

I knew where to set the bar flavour-wise.

Regardless, there is something magical about ready-stamped cookies with Halloween images! 

I unwrapped the pucks of dough and looked at the back of the box for cooking instructions. Printed across the package are suggestions of ways to "fancy up" your cookies. One suggested rolling them in sprinkles. Well, I have sprinkles, I thought, and if I add them, it's almost like I made them myself, right?

The Undeading: CPR Makes You Undead

on October 5, 2012 - 7:28am

Take two good concepts (Halloween haunts and saving lives), and two big organizations (Canada's Wonderland and the Heart & Stroke Foundation).

Combine them in one event.

What do you get?

The Undeading.

"At the end of September, the outbreak began. By October 4th, the entire city was overrun. Now it’s up to all of us to head to the safe zone on October 25th to survive.

On October 25th, 2012, we are calling on you to help us break the Guinness World Record for CPR training at The Undeading At Wonderland – Presented by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 
For $14.99 – 60% off of regular admission, not only will you be a part of this historic and exclusive event, but you will also have full access to the park and Halloween Haunt and learn how to save lives with CPR.
 
Join the resistance and buy your tickets today. CPR Makes You Undead."

Spooks Run Wild

on October 4, 2012 - 10:20am

I've been watching a number of classic horror films while preparing for Halloween.

Of all the movies I've seen so far (which I'd never seen in the past), I have to say I'm most taken with Spooks Run Wild starring Bela Lugosi and the East Side Kids.

It's a silly spooky romp, just perfect for this time of year (especially if you're looking for something different and light hearted). Enjoy!

Grave Robber Foiler

on October 3, 2012 - 10:07am

While scrolling through my reader, I came across an image of The Baker Burglar-Proof Metallic Grave Vault which promised protection for those who couldn't afford a mausoleum but still want to be buried like a king (a king safe from grave robbers). 

It caught my interest because - besides the obvious reasons - I've been reading Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930, a book described by Publisher's Weekly as "a startling window into the education of American doctors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries-on both a visceral level and for its revealing cultural record. Cringe-worthy shots of medical students-bare-handed gentlemen and a few ladies in street clothes show off their scalpels, saws and textbooks-while their cadavers, mostly poor and black, are awkwardly posed, and exposed."

The book's beginning talks of how early North American medical schools acquired their first subjects for dissection during a time when the concept was taboo to say the least (while in Europe the practice was more accepted).

We've all seen movies with Igor helping his master to gather fresh corpses for his Frankenstein Monster, or grave robbers digging up the dead for valuables, or mad doctors paying for corpses. For some reason, I had believed it was only in these rare situations that someone would steal a body. 

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