Halloween is pretty much a non event at my house. With no small children at home and living pretty far off the beaten track to tempt trick or treaters, Halloween becomes just another night.
However, I had bought some miniature pumpkins a couple of weeks ago as painting material and took one of them to sacrifice as a seasonal decoration. A little carving and a small tealight and this was the result. I always find jack o'lanterns appealing and the variety and skill levels of carving that is around, each one out does the last one I've seen.
Keeping seasonal, this is a small drawing of a lit pumpkin and reflection that I played around with a few weeks ago using coloured pencils on black Artagain paper, about 4 x 8 inches. It is sooo difficult to photograph anything on black paper!
And what is Halloween without a cat in the mix? After rushing around this afternoon dealing with personal issues, I took some time to start a portrait of Tripod on a last piece of watercolour paper that I had in a pad, 12 x 16. I've just laid down some washes and will see how the colours and washes work to depict fur without getting too heavily into detail.
And finally, some little stories to spook you before you venture out into the night...
Excerpt from St. John's Haunted Hike website:
This story concerns an odd phenomenon at Coaker's monument in Port Union South, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. The site is the private Coaker graveyard, and to my knowledge only four people "reside" there. As a youth I noticed that on days where not the slightest breeze was blowing, a sudden gusty wind would spring up upon entry through the gates to the graveyard....