Oops - sorry- my Evil Twin took over for a moment there.
Do you like creepies and crawlies and things that go bump in the night? If so, you've come to the right place! Today's featured artist is Harry Boardman of 365Monsters. I stumbled into one of Harry's Etsy shops (365Monsters.etsy.com) a couple of weeks ago and was instantly bitten smitten!
Lucky us! Harry decided to stop by with some of his menagerie. He's also generously donated a matted print,Sunset Parking Lot, for the new Thursday Giveaway. For more about this prize & how to enter the random drawing, see end of this post.
I noticed a few things while making my way through Harry's world. First, these monsters are born of a variety of mediums.
Also, each one has its own distinct personality. And habitat. For instance, #362 likes to hide by the bed, all the better to catch a pair of unsuspecting toes. You can find out more about individual beasties in both the Etsy listings and on the 365 Monster blog. And you can find out more about Harry right here:
So Harry, why monsters?
HB: "I’m just a regular guy who poses as an artist and who also happens to love monsters. While working as an artist, I usually base my pieces on traditional subjects like landscapes and portraits. But I’ve always created monster-related artwork for fun and wanted to share that on my blog 365 Monsters"
HB: "A little more than a year ago I wanted to challenge myself and exercise my creative muscle. The point was to put myself on edge and take on the sort of task that normal sane people wouldn't attempt. Aside from doing all of that, this project looked simple as a whole but became difficult fast." Readers, pop back on Halloween to hear more about Harry's past year of living with monsters. He will also give us a tour of his Lair Studio. To tide you over, here are a few more of his creations. And remember Not ...All ...Monsters ...Hide ... Under ...The ...Bed
#285 - Original Monster Art by Harry
HB: "When the hot summer sun rises to a mere 50 feet over the ground in August, my body is drawn to the air conditioning like a moth to flame. Having done this for too too long, the yard is reaching (what we in the biz like to call) meadow status. As I attempted to cut the grass, I found that the shaggedy greenery had taken on a mind of its own and wasn't about to sit idly by and be mowed."
HB: "I've used the same ink bottle to create nearly every single monster chronicled here in this blog. When I walked into the studio tonight I found that the ink had taken on a hideous and evil form of its own. As I backed out of the studio I kept my eyes on the rallying ink monsters and focused my sights on survival."
Like, ehem, most of us Harry has a "normal" side too. You can can catch a glimpse of it while perusing the fine art & portraits in his other online shop, HarryBoardman.etsy.com. He has a variety of originals and prints available and works in several different mediums.
Now onto the Giveaway! Harry has generously donated a matted print of his painting Sunset Parking Lot. The print measures about 5.5" x 7". The Mat measures 8" x10" and will fit in a standard frame. HB: "I was painting a giant mural in an Italian restaurant not far from where we live. On the last day I finished up and walked outside for a breath of cool air and a much needed break. I looked up at the sky and ran to my car for the camera. I started painting this piece a day later.
That’s what’s so great about painting sunsets. They’re full of color, life, and motion. No matter how similar they may be to each other at times, they are all unique and different. Including the touch of humans is part of my aesthetic.
Next Thursday (Nov 5) 1 lucky winner will be selected by Random.org to take home this fabulous print. Everyone who leaves a comment on this blog before noon (EST) on 11/5 will be entered into the random drawing. It is that simple.
Please be sure to come back on Halloween to see Harry's laboratory, I mean, studio and hear more about his life with monsters. See you Saturday....muhahahaha.....
CLICK HERE for last week's post which has prize details. The lucky winner of this prize is
Congratulations In Juneau!!!
Betsy & In Juneau, I will contact you today with info on how to collect your prizes. Many thanks to all readers who left comments & entered these drawings. Special Thanks to AJ ofStormOne and Uprinting for their generosity!! Please click through & visit their sites if you have the time.
Check back here later today I'll be announcing a new giveaway prize!
Plus we'll have a visit from an artist whose creations are perfect for Halloween. Be forewarned ... his muses can found under the bed, in your closet or perhaps in your darker dreams...muhahahah...
Nah, it's not that scary - just messing with you....
Also not THAT random - when I flushed my brain today all that came out was some cobwebs & lots of Halloween stuff. And since there's no way I'm cramming it all back in, here you go. For More info click the pics:
Ok Ok it's Twilight inspired. I think this one fits for Halloween too. If you're a fan, Deborah Bohm has Twilight Art over at her blog Deborah Dare Art. She belongs to the The Outsider Artist blog & they have a bunch of the movie inspired creations posted right now. If you're not a Twilighter ...just play nice, go visit The Un Mom - Goddess of Tuesday Chaos (also not an Edward fan) & wait for the sun to come up....
Want to see more of my Halloween Faves? Click Here for the Oct 13 post which features lots of etsy finds for All Hallows Eve
By the way have you entered this week's random drawings? If not click for details & pics of prizes.
RC: The reconstruction of images made up of such fragments is a way of preserving the memory of a place.
RC: In my work, I try to translate nostalgia for the past into a search for future pleasure.
Thank you, Ronald for sharing your studios with us. I just love the light in both of these spaces! It is a real pleasure to see "where the magic happens" and hear some of your thoughts that go into creating such enchanting art.
What would you do with 100 postcards of your own design?
That is what the staff at Uprinting wants to know. (& I'm a little curious too....). Leave your answer in comments below to enter the random drawing for 100 custom printed postcards. It is that easy to enter! Next Thursday (10/29) at noon (EST) there will be one lucky winner of this great prize.
Please note, this contest is only open to residents of USA & Canada. FREE UPS Ground Shipping in the US (Canadian residents pay shipping and taxes. Offer not available to residents outside of the US and Canada).
These postcards measure 4" x 6" on 14 pt gloss cardstock. They come with full color printing on both sides.
Now, I must note that the thoughtful folks at Uprinting.com are also giving me 100 custom postcards for hosting their giveaway. These guys are too awesome! I'm waffling a bit on what to print, but I'm probably going to go with copies of Red's Walk on one side. Not sure yet about the other side. Any suggestions?
I have 2 new giveaways for you today! Winners will be randomly selected at noon (EST) next Thursday 10/29.
The first prize that will be given away is this fun Hand Dyed Large Cotton Scarf by AJ from StormOne.etsy.com
If have visited this blog on Saturdays you may remember AJ's great space, colorful artwork & fun clothing were featured in Studio Tour #4 . CLICK HERE to visit AJ's studio.
AJ has a variety of hand dyed items as well as original art & greeting cards available at StormOne. Here is what she has to say about this vibrant prize:
AJ: This large cotton scarf has been hand dyed with dharma trading company fiber reactive procion dyes. This lightweight butter soft scarf is 100% cotton and measures 15 x 60 inches. It is dyed a firey Tangerine,F ire Red,Golden Brown,Light yellow and Rose Red in a spiral pattern.
Want to enter the drawing for this great scarf? Its easy. Simply leave a comment on this blog before noon (EST) on 10/29. That's it. Go ahead - you might be the lucky winner! Please note: this prize has free shipping but contest is only open in the USA & Canada.
Welcome back to Thursday's Giveaways! Today we've got 2 fabulous prizes for 2 different winners!
So lets get started......
Inspiration by DJ
The 1st prize is the original mixed media artwork Inspiration from DJs Art on Etsy. DJ was ArtSnark's featured artist last week. She was kind enough to stop by for a 2 part visit. To enjoy some of DJ's art & ideas, Click Here. For a studio tour of her wonderful workspace, Click Here. She also has a blog, djsart.blogspot.com(where she happens to be giving away a piece of my art today).
Random.org has spoken & today's winner of Inspiration is ... Nancy Lefko!!
Woo Hoo - congratulations, Nancy!
Now lets see which lucky winner gets the custom printed vinyl banner from Uprinting.com.
And the winner is..... Melanie!! Congrats, Melanie!!
For the curious, in her comment Melanie stated that she "would get a banner with my logo and 'The Creators Palette - Art by Melanie' printed on it to use for outdoor art shows on my tent, and indoor arts shows as a welcome banner or on my booth table!"
Winners, I will will contact you today with info on how to collect your prizes.
Many thanks to DJ and Uprinting for sponsoring today's Thursday Giveaways! And thanks to all who left comments & entered these random drawings. Pop back in later today, I will be announcing 2 new prizes whose winners will be picked next week (10/29).
Believe in your dreams and they may come true. Believe in yourself and they will come true.- Author Unknown
Come play with us! This week's Melange challenge prompt is Believe. Click here to visit the Melange blog. Then check out the comment section where artists will be adding links to their pieces all week. If you'd like to add one of your own, please do. The challenge is open to anyone creating in mixed media.
I uncovered this piece today during the ongoing studio clean up. It is adapted from a photo I took of a nautilus shell about 10 yrs ago. Last year, I tweaked it on Photoshop Elements & printed on archival photo paper that feels like watercolor paper. Wire & bead words were added. Sorry the scan is a bit hard to read. The words are believe, imagine, hope, inspire, dream, create.
The colors were not bright enough, so I went over the piece with watercolor pencils & markers today. It measures 6.5" sq. It is mounted on acid free mat board & has a top mat that is 10" on the outside. I'll finish framing & take some better pictures before adding it to ArtSnark.etsy.com.
By the way, last chance to enter tomorrow's random drawings. Click following links for details.
This is where you can get a peek at my latest creations. I also tend to ramble about favorite artists, curious objects, local events & other obsessions. Hope you enjoy your look around. All questions & comments welcome.