Creeped Out Christmas Art/Photo Challenge 2020

So, here’s the deal, Krampus is coming. That’s that. 2020 is not done with us. The face on Grandma’s vintage snowman, probably caved in. Those holiday lights you put away last year with meticulous care, suddenly, a big knot. The money you saved to give the kids a nice Christmas, probably going to fix your car or pay the rent or buy a new refrigerator, whatever, it’s gone! To top it all off, Covid-19 just ruined all our holidays plans! Such is pandemic life!
Burnt cookies, broken baubles, no problem. Don’t get mean, get creative! Join us on Instagram this December for the Creeped Out Christmas Art/Photo Challenge 2020! We like it dark and scary! #CreepedOutChristmas

Join in the fun any time, any day, but, if you post something all 25 days, you’ll be entered into a random drawing** to win a prize!!!

**Contestants must post an authentic, original art piece or photo each day from December 1-25, on Instagram, using #CreepedOutChristmas AND be a current follower of @halloweenhaiku9 be to be entered into the drawing. Contest ends midnight, pacific time, December 25, 2020. Winner will be chosen and announced here and on social media on December 26th. Please see Contest Rules for more details.

Prize – TBD, valued up to $20.

Wicked Art Wednesdays: Art History’s Scariest Paintings

Art History is filled with a number of terrifying paintings. Some are bibilical stories and greek or roman myths, others are disturbing images meant to represent abstract ideals, and some are pretty straight-forward. The things we fear, have always been feared, and all human beings share in those feelings. Here’s my picks for the top ten scariest art paintings in history.

10.

Odilon Redon, “The Smiling Spider,” 1887

Why is this spider smiling? It’s ultra creepy. Spiders are creepy enough on their own without a smile. Now, I’m just suspicious. What did this spider do?

9.

John Singleton Copley,”Watson and the Shark,” 1778 

It might just be me but this is hella scary. That person in the water is toast and that shark is about as big as the boat! We can easily imagine it overturning and all-you-can-eat buffet happening in the next scene. It’s almost comforting knowing our forefathers held similar fears of the great white sharks, like, our reasoning is kinda justified. We might have bigger boats and better guns, but sharks have always been incredible evolutionary killing machines, who haven’t really changed much over the years. Getting caught in shark infested waters is one of the scariest things on earth.

8.

Zdzislaw Beksinski, “Untitled,” 1984

This is one of those paintings that is both beautiful and scary. Til death to they part. We see the lovers embraced, dying together, decaying together. This is true love. It’s frightening to realize how intertwined death and love are. Most of Beksinski’s art seems to be bizzare tributes to love, death destruction or war. When you learn of Beksinski’s own tragic life, paintings like this become even more bittersweet.

7.

Hieronymus Bosch, “The Garden of Earthly Delights, Third Panel” c. 1500-1505 

Not as scary as his Hell paintings, but don’t we expect Hell to be scary? This is the Garden of Earthly Delights, and this is creepy AF! What’s up with all the Keebler elves sewing together human parts? Is that a witch, overseeing the work, casting a spell or a representative of the mind? Are they making a woman? I have so many questions, so many, and no one has answers.

6.

Titian, “Flaying of Marsyas,” c. 1570-1576

The satyr Marsyas supposedly lost a musical contest with the god Apollo and is now being skinned alive while a host of Greek figures help out or look on. Brings new meaning to the term ‘winner take all.’ There’s a whole lot of symbolism and deeper meaning going on here and you’re all gonna have to Google that for yourselves. At face value, this is one of the most savage paintings in the world.

5.

Theodore Gericault, Severed Heads, Preparatory Paintings for the “Raft of the Medusa” 1819

These next two paintings are a bit of twofer. See below.

4.

Theodore Gericault, Preparatory Paintings for the “Raft of the Medusa” 1819

Taken out of the context, these are two of a half dozen creepy and gory preparatory paintings. Basically, these bizarre and scary pieces were practice for an even bigger masterpiece, the “Raft of the Medusa,” which is a pretty brutal painting, filled with death and chaos, depicting the scandalous aftermath of the wreck of the Frigate Meduse in 1816. Survivors were set adrift for 13 days, and endured dehydration, starvation and cannibalism. Believe it or not, this fascinating true story of events totally eclipse this incredible eerie painting and all its the gory preparatory work.

3.

Peter Paul Rubens, “Saturn Devouring His Son,” 1636

According to Greek Myth, the Oracles foretold that a child of Titan Cronus (Romanized to Saturn) would some day overthrow the ruler, just as he had supplanted his own father. So, the Father of the Year ate his first two children, forcing wife Ops to hide the third Jupiter, where he was successfully whisked away and hidden on the isle of Crete, only to return years later to fulfill the prophecy. Man, hate to have Thanksgiving at their house.

2.

Francisco Goya, “Saturn Devouring His Son,” c. 1819-1823

This is is Goya’s version of the same story, with a gorier depiction, the child’s head and arm have already been devoured. Art critics have explained that the painting may have a deeper personal meaning to Goya, as only one of his six children survived. It could serve as a religious allegory to the wrath of God or represent the political situation of Spain at the time, a frequently visited subject by Goya.

1.

Henry Fuseli, “The Nightmare,” 1781

Both scary and erotic, the painting depicts a woman in a dreamlike state with demonic entity, possibly an incubus, sitting on her chest and a horse looking on in the background. This frightful painting has been a huge success since its exhibition and copied and parodied numerous times throughout the years, including Thomas Burke’s equally famous engraving The Nightmare. In fact, it was so popular at the time, Fuseli even repainted different versions of it. Oddly enough, he never really explained what it was about! Naturally, interpretations vary, but some critics have offered suggestions that the painting represents repressed sexuality, general lust and women’s desire, political allegories, religious allegories, devil worship and witchcraft, real nighmares, sleep deprivation and sleep paralysis. I mean, the list goes on as testament to its versatility.

This is the image I think of when someone mentions sleep disorders, particularly sleep paralysis. I, myself, have had a few instances of waking up before the rest of my body does and having the feeling of a being sitting on my chest. It’s the most terrifying memory I have. There’s zero comfort in knowing how common an occurrence this is between people either.

Like I’ve said before, our fears are the same and have been the same throughout the ages. What famous paintings scare you?

Wicked Art Wednesdays

I hated the thought of canceling my Halloween plans, so, until I receive confirmation to showcase artist talent, I decided to bust out my stencils and make my own art for Wicked Art Wedesdays. Definitely not as satisfying as sharing wonderful Halloween works from a professional artist. My wish to have drawing talent is on par with wishing to have wings. (It’s not happening anytime soon.) While I was messing around with the inks though, I noticed an euphoric feeling that I haven’t had since I was wee child. Making art, no matter how bad I was at it, made me happy. I only wish I had a better looking piece to show for. I guess you’re just gonna have to take my word for it, making art makes you happy.

So, make art, make bad art, bad Halloween art, do it anyway because it makes you happy.

You can share my art too. Although, I’m not sure why you want to, but just in case…I appreciate if you link back to me here or tag me on social media.

Halloween Kristy

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Jeff Granito

We’re kicking off Wicked Art Wednesdays this Halloween 2020 season with one of my favorites, Artist and Designer, Jeff Granito!

After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Jeff Granito was tapped by Disney to work on new art and merchandising, which you may have seen adorn the shelves of Disneyland’s Main Street shops if you’ve visited the park sometime in the past 20 years.

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Now working as a freelance artist, this uber talented Tiki enthusiast has had the opportunity to produce amazing works of art and graphics for big time movie studios, including Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Fox, Nickelodeon, and dozens of other name brand companies. There’s so much more to say but I’m just gonna let his magnificent art doing the talking.

Artist: Jeff Granito
Company/Studio: Jeff Granito Designs
Where to Purchase Goods: https://www.jeffgranitodesigns.com/shop

https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/jeffgranitodesigns

Aloha Spirts Night ©JeffGranito

Website:  https://www.jeffgranitodesigns.com/
Social Media: Instagram @jeffgranitodesigns

Haunted Float Face Mask by Jeff Granito

Happy Caturday! October

Trick or Treat ©Ryta

Artist: Ryta (Margaryta Yermolayeva) 
Website: https://www.amazon.com/handmade/RYTAS-ART-WORLD


Where to purchase goods:
https://fineartamerica.com/art/paintings/ryta?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8Mm6wJ6Z7AIVEsDICh0xlgxvEAMYASAAEgJqifD_BwE

Moon Dance ©Ryta

Happy Caturday! September

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Artist: Susan Brack
Website: https://susanbrack.com/section/454324-HALLOWEEN-ART.html
Where to purchase goods:
https://www.zazzle.com/collections/halloween_spooktaculars_by_susan_brack-119796574229696756

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The Samhain Society Presents Halloween 2020

Check out this stunning new digital zine from the creative talents of The Samhain Society, designed by Jackie Cheuvront of Eclipse Afterglow Studios and edited by Miranda Enzor of Spooky Little Halloween, featuring a collection of artworks, DIY projects, recipes, short stories, and more!

I am so honored to be part of such a creative collaboration with the most talented group of artists, writers and creators in the Halloween community. Click on link below or the picture.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1shrqnEmTVTzl4MRXSbnUM0eEfx2w7or0/view?fbclid=IwAR3lJskeZ6uI_OA1EviNOHyK3T3LUE1IGE-9rxZgECCr9TR1Xa1KZ0PDtCU

June Gloom Picture Challenge

“Some said the thunder called the lurking fear out of its habitation, while others said the thunder was its voice.” – H.P. Lovecraft

In this volatile world filled with ominous creatures and unknown dangers, the fine line between madness and reason evaporates with the arrival of the lurking fear.
Curious humans stumble upon Mother Nature’s guardians, as they watch over the gates of the abyss, only to become prey to Summer’s haunting season.

Head on over to Instagram and post your favorite pics/photos representing June Gloom. Both art pics and photos are allowed this time around. Don’t forget to credit the artists when you can.

Join in any day and don’t forget to tag your pics using #junegloompicchallenge

June Gloom Pic Challenge

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Anne Stokes

From dragons to vampires, mermaids to monsters, the widely acclaimed and prolific fantasy artist Anne Stokes has enchanted and terrified the world with her masterful creations for over 20 years. The London-born creator has produced art and illustrations for dozens of books, games, albums, including the uber-popular Dungeons and Dragons. These days, Anne is busy building her global empire by licensing her own creations in merchandising, jewelry, fashion, and much more. All hail the Mother of Dragons in the art world!

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Artist: Anne Stokes
Where to Purchase Goods: https://annestokes.com/shops/
Website: https://annestokes.com/

Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/anne_stokes
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annestokesart/

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Nikury

Today, we celebrate pastel Halloween with illustrator and artist Nikury, who hails from Finland.  Nikury enjoys drawing nature, animals, and witchy stuff. Her kitten magick line features cutesy kitten familiar merch, perfect for witches and anyone looking for cute or unconventional Halloween products.

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Artist: Nikury / Nina Gronlund
Where to Purchase Goods: Online Store
Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nikury
Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/nikury/shop

Website: https://nikury.com
Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/nikury_art/