Last year I did a Handmade Halloween post and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d do it again this year. This time I’m featuring an artist whose work I’ve been collecting for a few years now and who has a wonderfully creepy vibe: Ally Burke aka Dead Spider Hands.
This spooktacular print of Haunted House ($20) features a sort of Frankenstein’s monster-inspired woman with a ghost filled house in her hair, complete with planchette hair clip. I really enjoy the minimal use of color in this piece, which was from Burke’s Inktober 2016 series. I’m also almost positive that this was inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, which I just finished reading.
If you’re in the market for original art, Burke has a number of pieces available. Above is Spookyberry Twins ($100) and it’s done in her newer style. Since I’ve collected her work for a few years it’s been really interesting to see how it’s changed, with more detail, color, and shading being added over time. I really like how the black lips are shaded on the left of the two faces.
I have a ton of photos to share for Studio Portrait Friday this week (officially back?!). First up is a new big noggin’ kokeshi girl. I haven’t made a giant kokeshi head in a long time (I think she will be my third) and I’m really excited about her. This photo was taken after about three hours of work on her, I now need to make her hair buns. I want to add a lot of roses to really push the Dead of the Dead vibe.
Here are two progress photos that I took along the way. The first step is doing the sketch on the wood, and then doing the base colors in acrylic. Next I do the outlining work with more acrylic. A lot of my favorite old paints are colors that have been discontinued, I guess they were too garish for most people? Not me!
Normally I post Studio Portrait Friday on, um, Friday, but these photos are from Friday and I couldn’t wait to share! I will be back at Shanalogic soon with a custom designed kokeshi collection and I have progress shots to share. The blue trio is above with their faces all done up and waiting embellishments. (If you know you want one now contact her and I’m sure she will help you out!)
Next up are the blue-haired taupe girls also waiting for embellishments. These two sets were designed to be similar to Sky and Snow, some of my first kokeshi dolls. I tried to give each girl her own, unique expression, no two are ever alike.
“The Dream Melt” is a stunning painting by Camilla d’Errico for The Candy Escape exhibition at Tara McPherson’s Cotton Candy Machine Gallery in New York. I’m crazy in love with it and wish I could have picked up the original. The melting, rainbow candy tentacles are so unusual; you can tell from this piece that d’Errico’s style is really evolving. The suction cups on the tentacles look at lot like stick lollipops, so there’s an interesting element of optional illusion to this piece as well.