New Uses for an Old Skull

Now that it is September I am already looking forward to Halloween, my favorite time of year. I've been making good use of that resin skull I purchased last year by incorporating it into some new paintings. The first one  I finished is a still life. The second which is still in progress, alas, does not have the skull but features a disembodied hand  that usually sits on my hearth and a vintage doll head. The third is so far an underpainting and has the whole skeleton holding his own head in his hand; a theme I used successfully with my dog Bingo in his "Sleepy Hollow" halloween card a few years back.



Creativity is slowly returning

I have been in a bit of a creative slump lately, mostly because I've been consumed with my textile design work; working weekends and really not having time to think. However I am happy to think that Halloween is right around the corner (I know that may sound premature to some of you but it is my favorite time of year and I am thinking ahead). I have been planning some "odd" still lives for awhile using some of the odds and ends around my apartment such as my mannequin hands, my replica human skill, vintage doll heads and  a stuffed raven. Let's see if I actually find time to begin a painting this week... I don't have a bell jar yet but I'm sure I can find one. The squiggles in the background indicate a moody damask wallpaper.

That wierd thing hanging on the wall is a pair of vintage blinking doll eyes! I've been dying to use them for something significant.