I began working on a few pieces for a Halloween web sale, but came up short before the big day. So I've decided to do a sale for both Halloween & Christmas. Witches and Santas are currently occupying the studio and so far seem to be getting along quite well. Mark your calendar for November 23rd at 5pm (Eastern) in the Rucus Studio Curiosity Shop http://rucusstudioshop.blogspot.com/
Everything seemed to be going well in preparing for our biggest show of the year, Ghoultide Gathering, but then last week a very unfortunate situation occurred. We discovered one of our newest characters had come up missing from the studio. We were distraught looking for days with no luck and we started to think maybe he just ran away with the circus that had recently been in town.
Unfortunately this wasn't the case. Dear Mr. Pumpkin was discovered in the woods by the dogs during our morning walk. See the photo below if you dare. It appears as though this fellow wasn't able to find his way back to the studio and was caught by the first hard frost of the season.
We're very sad as you could imagine.
Please come pay your respects to Mr. Pumpkin on Saturday September 28th during Ghoultide Gathering at the Chelsea Fairgrounds. The viewing will begin at 8am followed by a celebration of Mr. Pumpkin's favorite holiday - Halloween!
I am beyond giddy and sincerely humbled to have my Catrina in Waiting selected as the cover of Art Doll Quarterly Magazine's fall issue.
When editor Jana Holstein was interested in having an article I was happy just to be included, but to have another cover... well that's just crazy! This is now the third time of having the honor, thank you ADQ for your continued support of my work.
Catrina in Waiting was created and sold last year at Ghoultide Gathering.
I'm in good company, this particular issue has several friends and other inspiring artists inside as well. Not to mention the inside front cover and first page features our annual ad for Ghoultide Gathering. The artwork and colors jump off the page, it's almost as fun as the real show!
As the days grow longer, so do the work hours in my studio. Seems like I've been moving at a snails pace lately, but it's just because there are so many things in the works. Pieces and parts everywhere!
There are several new characters beginning to emerge from the studio and I'm happy to finally see results.
Drucilla Fusspotis a stuffy old gourd who saunters along in her moth-eaten dress airing the remains of her beloved pet crow. This is one of my favorites so far this year and I'm already planning several versions of her for Ghoultide Gathering in the fall.
Recently we took a break to escape the Michigan winter and visited Costa Rica. The weather was beautiful and we experienced some of the most breathtaking scenery ever. I challenged my fear of heights by walking bridges in the tree canopy of the cloud forest and enjoyed guided tours to see toucans and monkeys in their natural habitats.
Sometimes it takes getting far away from home and what you do on a daily basis to really clear your head and be reminded of the simple pleasures in life. This sunset photo, taken at the beach in Manuel Antonio, is now my computer screensaver and a daily reminder to relax and enjoy life.
Now re-energized I'm back to work, and the studio is about to undergo a shift from producing Christmas pieces for the Golden Glow convention happening in July, to creating Halloween characters the rest of the year. The change will be good and I'm excited about all the new ideas dancing in my head.