Thursday, February 25, 2010

Of Whimsy and Magic and Childlike Wonder...

Like the banner above suggests, I feel pretty strongly it's all about the whimsy - be it Halloween or faeries, critters or creatures, you can HAVE the "darker" side of things. I mean, really, you can have it. To paraphrase something a fellow Halloween artist/friend said recently, if horror movies and gory Halloween props disappeared from the face of the earth tomorrow, I'd be a happy girl. I'm sorry but I will just never see how murder and mayhem constitutes entertainment. Life is too short and too precious to dwell on the ugly side of things, don't you think?

For me, it's all about the magic - that wide-eyed sense of wonder we felt as children, dressing up on Halloween and setting out at twilight, treat buckets in hand....

Speaking of which, I have a bit of that magic to share with you now...six minutes of Halloween eye candy, beautifully put together by Scott Smith of Rucus Studio:

Wasn't that just magical?!

It has me absolutely giddy with anticipation, and it's only February! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, if you're within striking distance, this show is a MUST SEE. Sooooooooo much fun. And if you visit the site, there's a list of this year's artists posted (which even for the fourth year makes me feel like a little kid sitting at the grown ups table, hehe) :)

See you there?!

In the meantime, I have another bit of whimsy to share - a tea chest finished just yesterday, and listed now on eBay.

I love the little mousie-witch hanging on to the cat's tail, and am thinking I need to paint a few more cat and mice pieces. They're just too fun.

A couple of Easter pieces are in the works as well, and of course, more Halloween, because it's NEVER too early.

Right now I'm off to brew up some of my own tea, watch the snowflakes fly (yet again, *sigh*) and play with paint and glitter.

Wishing you a day of magic and whimsy!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`• ~ Carolee


magikalseasons said...

Carolee thanks for posting the Ghoultide link. I was unable to attend last year. My sitter backed out and taking my 3 boys there was out of the question. I am looking forward to this year! Your Halloween box is just enchanting!

Anonymous said...

Love the halloween things, and this one above is too cute.The mouse is adorable LOL.

William Bezek said...

Your beautiful painting of the trick or treaters brings back so many happy memories, that is why I still love Halloween!

Moonstone Gardens said...

I LOVE Halloween and Day of the Dead....and Christmas and Easter. Oh Well, I love old fashioned holidays of any sort. With heavy emphasis on 'Old Fashioned". Can't stand the modern day consumerism of holidays.
Was delighted with your box. You are so talented. Keep up the good work. You're an inspiration.

Julie said...

Oh I love the silhouettes of the children! And the sweet kitty on the box is very whimsical! Always beautiful things you are creating! : )

black eyed susans kitchen said... the new box! Halloween is still my favorite holiday...that and Thanksgiving. I am such an Autumn person.
♥, Susan

Liz Revit said...

Carolee, I agree that it's all about the magic. Your work is beautiful!

Janine said...

I love the little mouse on the cats tail. That is such a sweet little detail.
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Happy weekend

Sonia ;) said...

Oh I wished I lived closer. Looks amazing. Love the tea chest.


Designs By CK said...

FUN video and thanks 4 sharing. :-)

LOVE the lil' mouse hanging off the cat's tail! '-)