taphophile. Noun. (plural taphophiles) A person who is interested in cemeteries, funerals and gravestones
It’s hard to talk about things like death and grief. Especially when you are deep in its hold. When life seems like a mirror. A reflection you can see, but something you’re not really part of. And cemeteries are ground zero. My memories of cemeteries are blurred with tears. They are not a place of joy.
It was the perfect Christmas town. Each bow perfectly placed. Every mantle covered in fresh pine and twinkling lights. Everyone was always smiling and spreading the Christmas cheer. Her house was the envy of every house on the block. But she lived alone in her Christmas mansion. So very alone.
Headquarters Beercade on 2nd Avenue has mastered the immersive experience, and this month the theme is perfect for Halloween. Starting October 11 through Halloween you can party in the Stranger Things world.
Question: How long does a piece take you to make?
Answer: The amount of time it takes to sit down and complete painting is not the same as the amount of time it takes to come up with an idea, figure out the composition and colors, and finally finish a painting. It also varies greatly depending on size, amount of colors, and amount of detail. Some paintings I finish up in a day or two. Some, take a year. Although, it’s not all time spent painting.
The first classic horror movies I watched were at the YMCA summer camp when I was around 8 years old. It was the mid 90s and I was sporting a pair of fancy LA Gear light up shoes which would light up like crazy during the more intense scenes.
Album covers, gig flyers, and band merch were my first paid art projects. I would sneak into the graphic design computer lab at Kent State University, although that was not my major, and design all day. I couldn’t afford the Adobe design software and this was before their fantastic subscription model, so this was the only way. I know, I’m such a badass.
Known as one of the most haunted places in Ohio. You may remember The Ohio State Reformatory, or Mansfield Reformatory, from the movie The Shawshank Redemption. Construction began in 1834, and housed about 5,235 prisoners at one point. In May 2019, I set up my art in one of the cell blocks for the Ohio Halloween & Haunters Convention.
After years of searching, I’ve finally found a book club worthy of joining. The Spooky Little Book Club is run by Miranda, the blogger at Spooky Little Halloween Blog. It’s a group of like minded book lovers who want to read books that are spooky, supernatural, or fit in the Halloween culture.
Outdoor festivals are tricky because you have to deal with things like high winds, rain, heat, dogs, children, Port a Potties, questionable food trucks, set up and tear down, and fitting everything into your car. There is a lot to think about.
This year I'm participating in the Spooky Little Halloween's card exchange. Basically you send a Halloween card and get one back in return. Your Halloween card can be handmade, store bought, a cool thrift store find, whatever you want.