10/31/2015

Happy Halloween



With each year that passes Halloween becomes more of a tradition here, our house was no exception with family parties, pumpkins, fake spiders-the list goes on. When I was a child the focal point of the season was Bonfire Night with treacle and toffee apples.


I do love this time of year with its abundance of fruit and berries. It has been a good year for apples this year and my little Malus Gorgeous has been on top form. This tiny crab apple tree produces fruit no bigger than a large cherry. We never try to cook them, preferring to leave them for the birds to enjoy.



I made this little study with coloured pencils.

We went down to London to visit The Royal Miniature Society's exhibition at the Mall Gallery to see this years annual exhibition. I was thrilled to have five pieces accepted. The exhibition is now closed but you can still see the whole thing on their website, many pieces are still for sale and would make lovely gifts for Christmas perhaps? My work is numbered 229-233.


I made some new greeting cards from the artwork created for the miniatures, some are in my Etsy shop and there are more on the way. 



A quick hop over the border into Wales enabled us to use the facilities at the Print Centre in Wrexham. I managed to finish two editions, one intaglio and one linoprint. It was suggested that I try hand colouring some of the dry point prints and found that using water colour pencils worked well.


The Halloween print at the top of this post, the drawings, cards and prints all found their way here-https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/acornmoon

16 comments:

  1. Happy Halloween to you too. Pumpkins have certainly taken over from the carved swede of my childhood but then Halloween has somewhat taken over from Bonfire Night too. The seasonal colours this year have been wonderful. I love your study of the crab apples:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, I bet those swedes were the very devil to carve!

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  2. Happy Halloween, Valerie!
    Love all you share with us, each and every time.

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  3. Val, what beautiful sights you've shared with us in this post...all treats for Halloween.

    It's grand that you've created ways for folks to share in your work that was included in the Royal Miniatures Exhibit.

    Wishing you a very Happy Halloween. xo

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  4. Thank you Frances. I think we have a long way to go before we catch up with those elaborate decorations featured on your blog. All the best to you too. x

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  5. Thank you so much for coming over to my blog and leaving a comment. Your artwork is so precise and beautiful! I love all the nature / animal themes you have chosen. -Jenn

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    1. Thank you Jenn, I loved your Halloween images.

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  6. wow the owl is fantastic Val! That mushroom print is calling to me...

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    1. "when I'm calling you, oooh oooh........."
      Thanks Kerry. x

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  7. I'm supposed to meet an owl Saturday!
    Wish me luck!
    xo

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  8. I love your new print, i think I'm right in identifying shaggy parasols? X

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  9. I particularly love the tiny sketch of the crabapples -and am about to go to the link for the miniature show.

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    1. thanks Elizabeth, enjoy the trip. x

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