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Montauks: Bird, Bison, Badger

on August 28, 2014 - 11:28pm

First day of FanExpo 2014 has come and gone. And so has most of my Montauks! I only have one bird (the one with the shawl) and two badgers left (pending a pickup tomorrow). Whew! That was fast. 

It was pretty bustling for a Thursday. Perhaps being on a long weekend has spurred folks to take an extra day or two off work.

Catacomb Creations

on August 22, 2014 - 2:32pm

I wanted to start making art people could hang. I know that shelf space is sometimes limited, and personally I like having cool things on my walls. I came up with the Catacomb Creations. Each one has a small wire loop that allows you to hang the item, but it's also hidden so you can display it any way you want. 

Severed Town Serpent Witches: Custom Figure

on October 10, 2013 - 9:20am

My most recent custom piece was an absolute joy to create and both myself and the new owner thought she turned out pretty cool.

He gave me a fantastic back story to pull inspiration from, which always makes the task of bringing someone's vision to life much easier.

The story serves as the theme for his home haunt. Here is his tale (posted with permission):

"In the late 1800s, the town of Severed was in financial peril. The once booming mining town was suffering because of one man, Jonathan Miltz, the owner of the mine.

Miltz was a gambler and had lost most of his fortune, forcing him to put his floundering mine up for sale. A day after it was put on the market, twin sisters rode into town, bringing their traveling snake show with them. Apparently the show was very lucrative as they immediately bought the troubled mine, as well as the town theatre so they could set up their show in a permanent  location.

The Manjula Sisters reopened the mine and began hiring all the men back who had lost their jobs. Everyone in the town was happy again.

But it was short lived.

Workers at the mine began disappearing and the sisters claimed they knew nothing of their whereabouts. The town's newspaper reporter, Jacob Wheeler, started to dig into the twin's past and what he found was shocking. It turned out the sisters had fled Salem during the witch trials and had come to Canada after being wanted for practicing witchcraft. This was all the townspeople of Severed needed to hear to start their own witch hunt.

The sisters were dragged from the mine where they were hiding and taken to the town square to be burned alive. As the flames rose around them, one of the sisters stood on the other's shoulders, and with her dying breath placed a curse on the town, turning all the women into Serpent Witches. These newly born witches of Severed hunted down the town's men. Once they had disposed of every last man, the curse was lifted.

Or was it?"

My job was to create a figure of one of the women from Severed after she had been afflicted with the curse and transformed into a Serpent Witch. With such a rich back story, I wanted to make sure I gave a nod to elements in the original tale and imagine the history of the woman I was to create. Here is my tale and some additional pictures.

Autumn Harvest Witch Lantern

on October 7, 2013 - 4:33pm

Taking a break from posts about the happiest place on earth, today's focus is an Autumn Harvest Witch Lantern I just finished. 

I've had some lanterns kicking around the house for a while now. In fact, I've been slowly accumulating them for a couple of years with plans to create various sculptures and scenes that would go inside. 

Recently I finished a witch custom figure for a fellow haunter, and decided to present her inside a lantern (mainly to keep her safe during display because she's fairly fragile). I will post those pictures soon.

Once I sent that piece off to its new owner, I said to myself "Ok. You need to start your lantern series".

Here is the first creation of what I hope will be multiple lantern incarnations. 

She holds an LED candle in a glass candleholder nestled in her lap. 

It's a varied mixed media piece, ranging from clay and fabric to twigs and moss, standing 10 inches tall.

Luckily she's ready for the Bazaar of the Bizarre this Saturday, Oct 12th. I won't have time to complete another this fall, but perhaps over the winter I'll get started on a second lantern. 

Happy Halloweeining, folks! Hope you enjoy the set of pictures below.

Honey, Can You Check on the Bird?

on September 10, 2013 - 1:20pm

With his charming grin, it's almost hard to get mad at him. 

Unless of course he's just eaten your favourite feathered friend. 

Still, you can't blame him for following his instinct. He is an Avieater, after all, and it's in his nature.

He uses his teeth and feet to pry open the strongest cages to get at his next meal.

He is able to unhinge his jaw and open his mouth extremely wide, often swallowing his prey whole, leaving behind only a few feathers.

Despite his somewhat unnerving hunting practice of wild fowl and beloved winged pets, he's generally a harmless little critter who seeks to satisfy his gluttonous desires. 

This fella is my first venture into the world of faux fur and creating a fluffy bit of monster fun. His face, feet and horns are paperclay painted with acrylics. And if you count the cage he's in, he's probably the tallest piece too at over 2 feet tall.

He's already been adopted and has found a new home on the west coast. There are reports they may name him "Smug", which I think fits him fine. 

I've included a few more images below for your viewing pleasure. 

Opening At Dollirium

on May 30, 2013 - 11:31am

This past Sunday I hopped in my car and headed out to London, Ontario, for the opening of "The Home Grown Doll Show" at Dollirium

With my trusty camera in tow, and a friend at my side, I enjoyed a short road trip to a small art gallery showcasing Canadian talent. And that included a few pieces from yours truly. 

There is something very strange about walking into a building and finding your art there. And something comforting about it. It was like having a group of friends waiting for me.

I do love that Pilch - second figure from the left in the banner - is a big toothy ham in a group of some more serious looking faces.

I never know what to do in these sorts of situations. It's one thing to stand behind a table of your work and talk to people. It's another to mill about a crowded space where people might make conversation with you about the work on the wall. 

It feels a lot like being at a party where you don't really know anyone. Since I am an introvert, that can be mildly uncomfortable. I was blessed to have so many things to preoccupy my attention or else I might have gotten twitchy...or in trouble.

At one point a couple were leaned in close to my figures, examining them, discussing them at length. It took all my willpower not to step beside them, my shoulder to theirs, and just start nodding thoughtfully.

I was a good ghoul.

In fact, I even made myself leave the room. When I came back, two of my pieces had sold (apparently to an owner of a Tattoo shop which will be their new home).

And Finally, Georgina the Witch

on May 3, 2013 - 1:27pm

Ah Georgina (or Georgie, as she's known to her friends). 

All my other witches and hags have taught me that appearances can be deceiving, and labels are misleading. A witch isn't what you think she is, or expect her to be.

This is not the case with Georgina. 

Georgina is the textbook witch. Open her cupboards and you will find eye of newt. 

Cackle? Check.

Animal familiar (in this case, a bird)? Check.

Green, wrinkled skin? Check.

Pointy hat? Check.

The only thing missing is her broom, recently taken from her by the members of her coven for flying while inebriated. She'd misjudged her landing and collided with the community cauldron just as her sister witches were putting the last touches on a spell they'd been simmering for 3 days. 

And I should mention that throwing water on her will not make her melt. It will only make her very, very angry.

This figure is approximately 12 inches tall.

A Little Minion: Tomas

on May 3, 2013 - 12:37pm

What does it mean to be evil?

Tomas was born a demon, but I sense he's more naughty than nefarious. 

Sure, he isn't planting flowers and raising bunnies, but he isn't burning down churches or enslaving souls either.

On the contrary, such acts are a lot of work, and Tomas isn't a fan of exerting effort. He'd rather stick out his tongue than hex you. He figures both actions get his displeasure across, and why waste energy on that when you can spend it on...well...he's not sure what to spend it on since he doesn't like to do anything, really. But that's not the point, is it?

This figure is approximately 5 inches tall.

The Cozener (A Dark Dweller)

on May 3, 2013 - 11:39am

Cozenera dishonest person who uses clever means to cheat others out of something of value.

In this case, the valuable item is the offspring of other creatures. He fools them using various means, depending on the situation and how he's feeling that day.  

He promises to protect the young from an imaginary foe while parents go to fight or find shelter, and uses the opportunity to slink away with their precious ones.

He seeks out desperate souls and offers them whatever they need if they can best him in a seemingly easy challenge that appears to favor their victory.

Sometimes he simply waits for the guardians to be distracted, then scoops up his treasure and escapes.

What does he do with them? 

Well, the unborn are the easiest to raise as his own, or just as easily make for a morning meal. Perhaps an alchemist is in need of a rare ingredient. Money, manual labour, or nourishment, it makes little difference to the Cozener. 

This figure is approximately 5 inches tall.

Kromwell The Confessor (A Dark Dweller)

on May 3, 2013 - 10:25am

Kromwell is a silent witness, sent ahead of his Master to decide the fate of sinners and non-believers (definitions of these two terms are based on guidelines from a very different 'holy book' than one we are familiar with).

He is silent judgment.

He is unbiased and unswayable, listening to our conversations. Our thoughts. Scanning for key words and intentions.  

He is blind to everything but the clear purpose given to him by his Master: find the unworthy. Catalog their guilt. Report back.

In this court of one, there are no defending arguments or plea bargains.

You don't even know you're on the stand. 

But when the Master arrives, there is no mistaking that the wrath of judgment is upon you.

This figure is 9 inches tall.