I gotta let ya'll in on a lil' secret...
Second secret...I am actually a pretty big 'fraidy cat.
But I wasn't always. Growing up, I loved to read Stephen King books and watch horror movies, probably through about 8th grade. I stopped reading/watching scary stuff for a while and years later I found that it scared me more than it used to. But I still love Halloween, always will. I have very positive associations with trick or treating as a kid...that one time mom let me have a Halloween party when I was in elementary school and my friends all came...decorating...those little glow stick thingys...watching Charlie Brown wait for the Great Pumpkin...and making my own costumes...as a big kid AND an adult!
Man, I love Halloween! Did I say that already?
Sometimes I struggle finding a theme for my monthly art series. I never have to think twice when it comes to October- I always have my inspiration. I hasn't always been specific to just Halloween, but I have hints of the holiday in each series;
...which brings me to right now...October 2016...
I knew that I wanted to use Halloween inspiration...but that's about it. Lucky for me, Micheal's (one of my favorite stores) started decorating super early. I noticed the cloche jars. I guess they have always been a part of the Halloween decor but maybe I didn't pay attention. Once I noticed them...I kept seeing them pop up, in other stores, in my Pinterest marathons...I just kept seeing this cloche-bell jar thing. (And side note, I realized I have never read the Bell Jar, so I guess I need to do that, too)
So I started looking them up and pinning them when I saw something fun. And I kept seeing them in store displays. I started to think about a series based on these...but there were challenges;
Challenge 1- Cost
Challenge 2- Tops and Bottoms
Challenge 3- Assembly
The last challenge is putting the works together, especially considering the bases will be in NC until mid-month and I haven't figured out the top of the jar yet. I am just going to go forward, make the daily piece that will 'live' in the bell jar. The pieces might not be fully realized until later in the month, but I am okay with that.
Artist and Art Teacher