There is no shortage of art to kindle your imagination, thrill you, or give you Halloween shudders! Today is the day of monsters, goblins, witches, ghouls...and ballerinas, superheroes, and all manner of little beings. If you have trick-or-treaters, I hope you have many candies and a happy-spooky atmosphere for them. If you have a party you are hosting or attending, I wish you all the magic of the haunting season!
One year, my class was responsible for creating a Haunted House as a fundraiser for a week-long trip we were taking to a working, organic, sustainable farm in Northern California. Students worked on converting two portable classrooms into a magic haven of untold spookiness. I was so taken with their imagination; their parents' willingness to step in and build, participate, construct costumes, decorate nooks and crannies - it was so amazing I simply can't express how marvelous the project was! The scene above feels a lot like the lead-in path to the Haunted House of Thrills.
Sometimes a solo image is stand-alone creepy, deserving of a place in the portraiture gallery. Here's one, sent by a friend who credits artist Simon Weaner for his take on Pumpkin Head.
Here's something good to know if you love Halloween: a number of art galleries nationwide are hosting exhibitions of Halloween art, and museums and galleries are also hosting Halloween art contests. Last year's New York group exhibition, Zombies, was spectacular in its bravado and popularity. But local galleries know that capitalizing on the season is good business sense, and some are forward-thinking enough to welcome multi-media artwork, too. Below is one beautifully eerie creation, by a member of the Second Life community.
Speaking of communities, do you know William Basso? He's my favorite among those who create art that falls into the genre and often his art depicts a community of odd and strange characters. Of his work, he says, The characters in my work exist in a distant, half-remembered, autumnal place where even Halloween can last forever. Basso is a fine artist who combines the theatrical, the somber, and the bewitching to cast a spell on the viewer. Visit his fabulous website, here. For an appetizer, here's one of his pieces, below.
I bid you a visual feast today and tonight,
and a very