It is my deep, dark pleasure to announce the annual Online Hallowe'en Artists' Studio Tour! This is my "treat" to you all, a special way to celebrate my favorite season, share some exceptional art by artists I personally admire and raise money for animal charities. With this blog, I hope to keep you up-to-date with proceedings and progress as we approach the yearly "launch" on October 1st!

Monday, June 20, 2011


This past weekend was FaeryFest, an annual faery event that always takes place the weekend before Solstice. Not only did I get to see Tammi Beaulieu's latest dragons and masks (and proudly displaying our Hallowe'en tour poster and bookmarks!), but I scouted and found two artists I invited to join the Hallowe'en tour!

I've wanted Heather Bruton to join us from the start, I love her work and have 4 pieces. The latest is this handsome dead fellow, Bobby Shaftoe, from a poem that I'll have to look up! Heather does the most beautiful dragon birds but is this piece she put a "dark twist" on this poem and brought Bobby up from the dead depths to reunite with his true love! Yicks! I hope we can entice you to join the tour this year, Heather!

Stories sold me on both of these art works, for it was only when I heard this piece was called "Hope" did I fall under its spell. Artist Jackie Cooper doesn't have a website but you can find her as "Curious Concepts" on (evil) Facebook. If you look closely, you'll see tiny green leaves emerging in this stark scene and I was touched by the hope captured in this miniature reproduction of a full-sized painting. Thank you, Jackie, will we get you on the tour?

If you were at FaeryFest, Jackie had the best costume, a stunning dark faery from head to toe!

1 comment:

  1. Here are the lyrics:

    Bobby Shafto's gone to sea,
    Silver buckles at his knee;
    He'll come back and marry me,
    Bonny Bobby Shafto!
    Bobby Shafto's bright and fair,
    Panning out his yellow hair;
    He's my love for evermore,
    Bonny Bobby Shafto!

    This is very close to the earliest printed version in 1805. A version published in John Bell's, Rhymes of Northern Bards (1812) gives the additional verse:

    Bobby Shafto's getten a bairn,
    For to dangle on his arm;
    In his arm and on his knee,
    Bobby Shafto loves me.

    from Wikipedia!