Halloween creeps closer…

Even though it’s been unusually warm here in NJ for this time of year, you can still feel that Halloween chill in the air.  The leaves are just beginning to turn all shades of gold, orange & red, and I’m happy to welcome a big pumpkin plant that has taken root in my little garden from the pumpkin gut remains of last year.  I even have my cemetery settled on the lawn and the decorations are up inside, although truth to tell, my place is ready for Halloween 24/7, 365!

Halloween House

Halloween House

This is one of my favorite times of year when you can sense the mystery in the air, TV features all kinds of Halloween specials and horrifying haunted places, tons of spooky events are going on indoors and out….like this past weekend when a bunch of us went to the Mt. Holly, NJ Witches Ball….so awesome….an entire historic town transformed into an All Hallows Haunt with hundreds of people in amazing costumes!  Many bars & clubs have costume events and I’ll have an oil painting in the new Gallery U location in Westfield, NJ  for their annual “Something Wicked This Way Comes” art exhibit & masquerade party!

Gallery U; Something Wicked Oct2013

Gallery U; Something Wicked Oct2013

This time of year also inspires me to create fun greeting cards and t-shirts, including my new gargoyle images inspired by a photo shoot I did at a friend’s house which is adorned with many cement guardians!  Not that I need any excuse to do this type of artwork but it’s the perfect time to share it…

Gothic Greetings

Gothic Greetings

And it seems pumpkins and mums appear everywhere…but best of all are the elaborate displays some people create on their front lawns…I love driving around and seeing the orange glow of lights, larger than life ghosts, skeletons crawling up from the ground…farms and old buildings are converted into dens of terror and hayrides from hell…this season transcends all beliefs and everyone can enjoy the eerie festivities.

So, whether you trick or treat, have a frighteningly good time out there this Halloween!

BOO!

Oct. Art Features!

Autumn has been crazy busy so far between the usual freelance commissions and exhibits but then there’s also all the fun Halloween events going on too!  I LOVE this time of year and the crisp air, sunny days and brightly colored trees…and spooky Halloween decor!…really get me in full creative mode so I’m excited to have various types of my work featured on 3 very different but equally awesome art websites!  So, while you’re sitting in the comfort of your home, check out these sites for advice from artists on getting into galleries, to purchase very affordable holiday scrapbooking stamps and to see some seasonably gothic, dark artwork and literature!

Samhain/Halloween greeting card illustration (c)Lauren Curtis

Samhain/Halloween greeting card illustration (c)Lauren Curtis

ARTFUL VAGABOND BLOGSITE:  Featuring a post with one of my quotes and artwork is published in the “Ask the Artists” series. http://www.artfulvagabond.com/ask-the-artists-approaching-galleries-day-285/
STAMP-N-DOODLE STAMP WEBSITE:  Scrapbooking art challenge using my stamp designs:  http://stamp-n-doodle.blogspot.ca/
FRIDAY FRIGHTS:  My artist feature on this cool gothic art/literature website:
http://www.fridayfrights.ws/horrific-visions/lauren-curtiss-artwork/

BOO!  Have a Happy Halloween!

~Lauren