Happy Caturday!

I hope everyone is still practicing physical-distancing.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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Black Cat ©Paul M. Woodruff

Artist: Paul M. Woodruff
Where to Purchase: https://www.etsy.com/market/paul_m_woodruff
Website: http://paulmwoodruff.com/galleries/aceo-gallery/

 

 

 

Halloween-y Things to Do During a Pandemic Quarantine

Hello, I hope everyone is staying safe, staying healthy and staying home. Even Halloween fans must do their part to help to flatten the curve of Coronavirus, in hopes to minimize deaths and buy our overtaxed health workers a little time to get the crisis under control. Since the situation is so fluid, volatile and a vaccine is over a year away, who knows how this will play out, but citizens have a chance to save the day by staying indoors and doing absolutely nothing. It’s not going to get easier than that.

That said, I bet there’s a whole lot of people out there feeling anxious and stressed by the Covid-19 crisis though, so I came up with a list of things that Halloween fans can do during the quarantine to keep ourselves busy.

Write a Short Story

“Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble”

Don’t let anxiety and depression take over your brain! Get those feelings out on paper. Writing under duress sometimes produces the most creativity. Look at Shakespeare, that dude turned out Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and dozens of sonnets during the black plague. Yep, it’s true. The Bard of Avon was surrounded by the horrors of sickness and death every day for most of his life, and yet, he spent his time writing about love. I mean, isn’t that what life’s all about? Death and love?

Witches brew by Ka7 on DeviantArt
Witches Brew by Ka7 on DeviantArt

Binge-watch 14 seasons of Supernatural 

“The road so far”

Coronavirus has interrupted the production schedule of the CW’s Supernatural, television’s longest-running paranormal show. Maybe 2020 is upset as we are that this is the series finale. It’ll be hard to say goodbye to the Sam and Dean, and their angelic sidekick Castiel, which is why we should binge-watch all 14 seasons now, to mentally prepare for the end! It’s a 15-year story that demands closure. Does anyone even remember why the Winchester brothers are hunting demons in the first place?

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Create a Spooky Terrarium

“Life springs from death”

Creating a spooky terrarium is a lot like putting together a Halloween diorama. You get to work with miniatures to create a haunted scene, but somewhere in your terrarium, globe, or glass container is a real living plant. The upside is going green for Halloween is always a good idea. The other upside is if you forget to care for your living plant and it dies, well, a dead plant will fit right in with your theme. Win-win!

Work on your Halloween Smash book

“Something wicked this way comes”

Halloween junk journals are still all the rage. All you need is a journal or notebook, and some Halloween ephemera, postcards, printables, or stickers. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, just follow your heart. Make ’em big. Make ’em small. Get artsy or just manage your collection of pumpkin stickers. Since we never enough time to do all the things we want to do with our smash books, quarantine life is like a gift from Father Time.

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Create a Witchy Halloween Playlist

“But the talk got shackled by the howls and the cackles
From the bowels of the Black bayou”

Creating your own Halloween playlist is one of those suggestions that always end up on lists like these, but I’m challenging everyone to get specific. When you’re done creating a witchy playlist, with only songs about witches, make a zombie one, then, werewolves, vampires, okay, apocalyptic tunes to dance to, you get the picture. With any luck, the rabbit hole you fall into should last the entire pandemic.

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You’ll notice I left off reading scary books and watching spooky movies, not because they’re not great ideas to keep our minds entertained and occupied during these surreal and unsettling times, but because those are things you should be doing every day anyway.

Let’s practice good physical-distancing, so we’re all here when Halloween 2020 rolls around this October!🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

 

Zombies in Love – Happy Valentine’s Day

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There are 7 billion people on the planet. Giving away your heart to one of them, won’t kill you.

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When Cupid’s arrow strikes, it’ll always be when you last expect it. So chill on feeling lonely or being upset about having nobody on Valentine’s Day.  Eros can’t see through that cloud of expectation!

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When you do finally find your true love,  make sure it’s reciprocal and consensual. Any doubts could mean the romance is one-sided, that only leads to

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Too much doubt will also kill your romance. Learn to trust your partner.

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Romantic Dinner by Harpyqueen

Sharing things in common is a must, but you don’t have to do everything together.

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Date Night by Eric Pigors

Give your significant other a little space. Me time is good for you too. Have your own interests.

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Cute Skeleton Girl with Spooky Balloons by MadameColonelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strong communication is the always key to long-lasting relationships.

 

Love is mystique. Love is heartache. Love is forever.

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Why should death do you part?  If love is indeed eternal, then couples shouldn’t let a little thing like the afterlife get in the way.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

*Top Art by Dan Mumford

 

Happy Caturday! January 2020

Happy first Caturday of 2020!

I’m so excited to share the artwork of artist and jewelry designer, Natalie L. Ewert, who hails from Southern California. Natalie’s art features animals, fantasy, steampunk, and macabre themes. She also takes commissions.

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Halloween Black Cat ©Natalie L. Ewert

Artist: Natalie L. Ewert
Company: The Creatornat
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/CreatorNat/app/151858328287166/ or
https://www.instagram.com/natlewert/

Shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/natamon aka”The Dishy Thicket”

https://www.icanvas.com/canvas-art-prints/artist/natalie-ewert

 

Happy Krampusnacht!

According to German folklore, December 5th is the day that Krampus visits all the naughty children and whips them for misbehaving, gives them lumps of coal, or steals them away to eat them later. You gotta be really, really bad to have the latter happen. You might not agree with the methods of Santa’s evil twin, but you gotta admit, he gets results, even the adults act a little better during the holidays. Besides, Santa doesn’t really like being the bad guy, and all that coal weighs down the sleigh. Better to outsource a job like that.

These days, we hold annual balls and festivals in honor of Krampus, who’s now more a whimsical dark hero to us misfits.

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Krampus ©Diana Levin

Artist: Diana Levin
Company: Ghoulish Bunny Studios
Social Media: https://twitter.com/ghoulishbunny or https://www.instagram.com/ghoulishbunnystudios/

Shop: https://www.ghoulishbunnystudios.com/shop

 

 

Happy Caturday! November

Halloween may be officially over but we keep on celebrating here at Halloween Haiku!

This holiday season, I wanna get back to showcasing art from amateur, intermediate, or relatively unknown artists that I come across. Today, I’m sharing the cool digital art of JayGraphixx, titled Silk and Potions

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Silk and Potions ©JayGraphixx

Artist: JayGraphixx
Social Media: www.instagram.com/jaygraphixx/

To view more of his art, please go here:
https://www.deviantart.com/jaygraphixx

 

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Robb Mommaerts

Hailing from the midwest, uber-talented illustrator/graphic designer Robb Mommaerts, started drawing at the tender age of two, finding inspiration in Disney, Looney Tunes, the Muppets, children’s books and comics. He spent many years working as a professional graphic designer before setting out on his own in freelance illustration, creating for such companies as Cryptozoic, Boom! Entertainment, and Image Comics, just to name a few.

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Website: http://robbvision.blogspot.com/
Deviant Art Gallery: https://www.deviantart.com/robbvision/gallery
Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/robbmommaerts and https://twitter.com/robbmommaerts1

Why we love them: Robb Mommaerts loves monsters.  The creator of Robbvision (currently on hiatus) cites Halloween as his second favorite holiday, next to Christmas (btw, you should totally check out his Xmas work). Robb’s images capture the whimsical fun of Halloween and feature zany characters that both adults and children can love.

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Drew Rausch

Artist and comic creator Drew Rausch is our go-to guy for all things spooky AND weird. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times at horror shows and in addition to being uber-talented and crazy busy, he’s super nice and funny. Drew is co-creator of the webcomic My Blacks don’t match, with Jocelyn Gajeway, Eldritch! with Aaron Alexovich, and the subculture comic Sullengray, also co-written with Jocelyn Gajeway. His work can be seen in Boom Studios’ Cthulhu and Zombie Tales, SLG’s Haunted Mansion, IDW’s Edwards Scissorhands, and many more.

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©Drew Rausch

Artist: Drew Rausch
Where to Purchase Goods: Online store, Comic and horror conventions, gallery shows, and special events
Website: https://drewrausch.com or https://drewrausch.bigcartel.com/
Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/drewrausch

 

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©Drew Rausch

Why we love them: Based on my few convos with him, Drew is just like any of us, a big ‘ole Halloweenophile, comics fan, music lover, classic horror movie buff and lover of all things spooky and weird.  Whether he’s drawing webcomics or creating cool pins of offbeat characters he’s dreamt up, one can clearly see the influences of comics, monsters, and classic horror movies in his artwork.  Plus, he still takes commissions from time to time, when he’s not busy (which is almost never, so be patient, but his art is totally worth the wait.)  

 

Happy Caturday!

Don’t tell Disney Sr. Designer Caley Hicks that Halloween can’t be cute because there will be cute!  If you’re looking for new wallpaper or love to sew, you’re gonna fall in love with Caley Hick’s designs. Personally, I’m waiting for the day that she turns her boo-tiful art into wrapping paper!

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Happy Halloween ©Caley Hicks

To view more of Caley Hick’s art, please visit her website here: https://caleyhicks.myportfolio.com/

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThereWillBeCute?

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Sam Heimer

Happy October!  Kicking off Wicked Art Wednesdays this Halloween season with illustrator, designer, and master horror artist, Sam Heimer, who credits Edward Gorey, H.P. Lovecraft, and Alfred Hitchcock, among others, as early influences on his work. His art invokes the Halloween spirit with scenes of trick-or-treaters, skeletons, pumpkins, classic movie monsters, aliens, and Victorian and Steampunk themes, as well as film noir.

 

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©Sam Heimer

Artist: Sam Heimer
Where to Purchase Goods: Etsy shop, horror conventions, gallery shows, and special events
Website: https://samheimer.wordpress.com/ and https://www.etsy.com/market/sam_heimer 
Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/sam_heimer/

Why we love them: Chances are you’ve come across Sam Heimer’s art before and a big part of the reason is he still takes custom orders. No, seriously, I’m not sure if you all understand how big an opportunity that is. From magazines to book covers, t-shirts to beer cans, Sam Heimer’s work is everywhere and Halloween fans are better for it. He smoothly blends horror with whimsical trick-or-treat scenes, reminding us just how thin the veil between innocence and evil is on Halloween night. If terrifying could be cute, it would be a Sam Heimer piece.