Friday, October 24, 2014

It's a *PaRtY*! It's a *GiVeAwAy*!! It's *HaLLowEEn*!!!

Yes, it's that time of year again - Miss Vanessa Valencia's annual Halloween Party/Blog Hop. For those new to the experience, here's how it works. If you click HERE it will take you to Party Central, where you'll find a sidebar list of Halloween revelers who've prepared Halloween party blog posts for your enjoyment - visit a few, visit them all - comment if you can (we all adore comments!) and well...just enjoy!

But first, now that you're HERE, do sit down and grab a cupcake....


And maybe a spot of tea from the *magical* Halloween tea chest?


Go ahead, you choose...


I think I'll have a cup of that lemon-ginger. Sooooooo good. ;)

 

You know, one of these days, I'm going to have a FOR REAL Witch's Tea Party, complete with wild hats, striped stockings and wicked good brew! Of course, the problem for a Halloween artist is that October is the craziest, busiest month of the year...but still, maybe a tea for my fellow Halloween artist and collector friends? Must think about this and find a way to make it happen. ;)

In the meantime, this cyber-party thing is quite fun, don't you think?

Oh - and before I forget, I have a little giveaway to share, just my way of saying "thanks for stopping by"....

On Halloween night, I'll draw a name from among the comments here (you MUST leave me a way to contact you too), and will offer a credit to my Etsy shop in the amount of two free prints of your choosing, OR any one ornament of those remaining. I think there are three ornaments left as I write this, but go take a peek. Here's one of my favorites, a sparkly cupcake....


It's hand painted by Yours truly, and initialed very small on the back (which says "Wicked Sweet!").

Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere, and joining me in a cup of cyber-tea.  I know you have other blogs to visit, other parties to attend, so I won't keep you. It's been just *magical*, and I hope you have a very Happy Halloween!

♥ Carolee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Santa Paws!

As Halloween work winds down for the year, Christmas and Yule begins with a piece to honor all those who rescue; "Santa Paws" is a very special fellow who travels the earth finding forever homes for all his canine companions....
 

He's 21" tall, and hand painted in acrylics with a clear, acrylic varnish....


And there's a little surprise on the back. ;)


As of typing this, he's available in the Etsy shop, and I so hope he finds a good home for the holidays (I think he'd make a terrific gift for someone who rescues!)

I'll be away for a little R and R this weekend, but will pop in with a peek at new work when I return. In the meantime, have a happy, safe, and *FuN* Halloween!!

♥ Carolee


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Autumn and Ghoultide and Road Trips, Oh My!

First, I'd like to offer a heartfelt apology for neglecting my poor little blog here - and by extension those of you who don't do Facebook. I tend to assume the entire world is connected there, which is dangerous slope. I mean, whatever happened to REAL LIFE, anyway? Fifteen years ago, friends were making comments like "Oh, Carolee will get a computer when they invent a woodburning model"...

Yet here I sit in front of a screen, making my living, making friendships, and sometimes making myself crazy keeping up with it all, hehe. ♥

Soooooooo, here's my favorite season in full swing, and I'm determined to stop and take note, and make the absolute MOST out of it......Apples. Pumpkins. Shawls. Leaves crunching underfoot. Comfy jeans and big sweaters. Knitting projects. Soups simmering on the stove. Candles lit. And of course, sharing my favorite weekend of the year - Ghoultide!


Let's begin with some pictures. The first few are my own work, and I'll share the other artists' work as it appears, with apologies to those I missed (quite a few of the photos I took were washed out due to the flash)...







(I had soooooo much fun painting this clock!)


 Allen Cunningham's wonderful display....


David Schilling, The Shadow Farm...


Dustin Poche...


Jennie Hepler-Takens, The Prim Pumpkin...


Jody Battaglia...


Joyce Stahl, Enchanted Productions...



Kerry Howard Schmidt, Paper Moon Gallery...


Kevin Buntin...


Laurie Hardin, Monkey Cats Studio...


Lori Ann Corelis, The Spotted Hare...



Lucky Stradley's pottery....


Nicol Sayre....


Nicole Johnson, Mealy Monster Land...


Nancy Malay, Victorian Whimsies...


Paul Gordon....


Scott Smith, Rucus Studio....



Sheila Bentley....


Sue Bartolucci, Tinsell and Whimsey...



Sylvia Smiser, Annaboo Creations...


Will Bezek...


Pam Gracia, Soft in the Head....


 
 My helper this year, Debbie, with artist Jerry Arnold as the Crying Baby, lol....


I can't begin to tell you what a *magical* weekend it was! Truly my favorite weekend of the whole year, spending time with dear friends and fellow artists, meeting collectors and making new friends....like one big Halloween party - more of an experience than a show! And for those already planning for NEXT year, the tentative date is October 3rd - I can't wait, and hope to see some of you there!

In the meantime, there are a very few of my originals from the show available in the Etsy shop, and I've re-stocked all the prints as well. :)

In other news, the next road trip I'll be taking (weather and finances permitting) will be west through Pittsburgh and over into Ohio to see dear friends, then south to the Asheville N.C. area to spend Thanksgiving with my Mom and Stepdad, then east to the Charleston, S.C. area to see another dear friend. This will be John's first road trip since Ghoultide 2011, and I know he's looking forward to getting out of town for a bit.

Soooooo, between now and then, I'll be immersed in commission work and Christmas/Yule pieces and ornaments....and hopefully taking the occasional day to enjoy this breathtaking season.

Until next time (and I promise it will be much sooner!)

Carolee

Monday, September 1, 2014

"Sisters"

Just popping in to share the latest original painting, an 8" x 10" on gallery wrapped canvas (no need for a frame), inspired by one of my all time favorite books/movies, "Practical Magic"...


The quote around the edge is from the book by Alice Hoffman. I think it would make a wonderful gift between sisters!


It's available now in the Etsy shop, and will ship priority mail, or can be drop-shipped as a gift. Thanks for taking a peek, and I'll be back very soon with new work! UPDATE ~ SOLD

♥ Carolee

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kitty Wisdom

It's that time again - the doors to the September EHAG Emporium creak open at 9PM eastern this evening! I've painted a round bentwood box just for the occasion, with the little black kitty dispensing words of wisdom....


"Nap, Relax, Purr, Don't be a fraidy cat!


Inside, there's a little shooting star....


Offered at $125 + shipping, which will vary by location, and available as always on a first-come basis, by emailing me after the update at carolee@kingofmice.com. UPDATE ~ SOLD.

Back very soon with new work!

~ Carolee






Saturday, August 16, 2014

Halloween Ornaments!

Popping in to share the latest work, a few Halloween ornaments JUST this evening listed in the Etsy shop - a few have already been captured, but as of typing this, a few remain. There are two new, finely detailed pen and ink pieces, a black cat and a barn owl...


And two whimsical, sparkly pieces; "Wicked Sweet" and "Midnight Margaritas" (both hand lettered as such on the back). These two are accented with glass glitter...


I hope to have just a couple more to list sometime tomorrow, and then the rest of the ornament stash will be Ghoultide Gathering bound (just a few more weeks now - eeeeek!!)

I'm sooooo excited about this year's show, and have a few surprises up my sleeve in the way of new work, so if you're withing striking distance, I hope to see you. ;)

In the meantime, there's much to do between now and then, so it's back to the work table for me!

Back very soon!
♥ Carolee

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Master of the Macabre

Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, immortalized in finely detailed pen and ink, on a wooden ornament....


He'll be available on a first-come basis when the EHAG Emporium updates tonight at 9PM eastern time...


He's $75 + $9 shipping in the US (more for international). Just email me at carolee@kingofmice.com to purchase. :)

Thanks for taking  peek, and I'll be back very soon with a new post!

♥ Carolee