Thursday, March 22, 2012

EHAG * PFATT SCREAMpunk Challenge!...


Greetings, friends of Hallowe'en! As we reach the end of March the cogs and gears of Steampunk have lured EHAGers and PFATT members into its web to take up the challenge we have aptly renamed SCREAMpunk!! Participants may use whatever media takes their fancy, combining themes of Hallowe'en and Steampunk being the primary criteria, and may list them on their favorite venue, whether it be eBay, Etsy, Blogs or the EHAG Emporium itself!

Join us as the excitement builds and the steam clears, as available SCREAMpunk works are released and posted here on our EHAGart Blog along with the revealing of new teaser shots featured on the EHAG Emporium Blog, all leading up to the final SCREAMpunk-tastic presentation offered by our wildly talented and imaginative artists during the final week in March!
Announcement, courtesy EHAG guest writer ~ Chandra Cerchione Peltier


Now, let the SCREAMpunk Challenge begin! . . . . . . 


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"Matilda's Rat Scully"
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"Timely Timowlthy"
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"Grimwally Gears"
by
Soft in the Head
* available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *


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"Ethan Kat the Time Traveler"
by
Howling Moon Designs
* available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *


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"Sir Stolen Time"
by
Monkey-Cats Studio
* available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *


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"The Timekeeper" 
by
* available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *


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"Professor Heironymos O. Bloodgood 
& his Ectoplasmic Delineator"
by 
Deborah Adams of Possible Impossibilities Studio
* available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *


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"Steampunk Doll"
by 
Fiddlestix Studios
* available on eBay *


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"Sebastian Brimstone"
by
Cathy Pendleton
 * available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *


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"Polly Day Sprocket"
by
Jennifer-Hepler Takens ~ Prim Pumpkin
* available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *


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"Miss Permelia Plunkett"
by
Enchanted Productions
* available on eBay *


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"Raven Penrose"
by
Grimitives
* available on eBay *


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"Kestrel, the Steampunk Inventor Elf"
by
Oberon's Wood
* available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *


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"Steam Punk Baby"
by
Christopher A. Klingler
* available on the EHAG Emporium ~ March 31st *




Thursday, July 21, 2011

An Interview with Emily Dimov-Gottshall of EDGE Gallery





Emily Dimov-Gottshall is the imaginative artist behind the
Altoona, Pennsylvania based
EDGE Gallery




How would you describe your work?
I enjoy working in a variety of different art mediums...from acrylic to watercolor, collage to fabric and clay. At times, these over lap each other and other times, I have fun exploring the medium by itself. My work usually involves a bit of magic, some elements found in nature and overall inspired by life.

When I create a new piece using watercolors in the ACEO form, I am limited by the size of the piece (2.5 by 3.5 inches). However, this is what makes the piece exciting for me and I hope for the collector. I try to give each piece some sort of emotional connection...whether it's humor, sorrow or joy. Once I know what I'm trying to convey, I can jot down a sketch or to freehand a piece.

When I work with paper clay, I often freehand my pieces. My sculptures are rarely drawn down...unless to solve some physical challenge of the pieces. My Sammie Crow piece was a challenge as it is top heavy and is supported by wooden legs on a wooden platform. I figured out by adding wire into the wooden legs, I could attach it to the wooden platform and they would balance each other.

I also work with wood carving and for these I do sketch out my ideas. With wood, there is this intense time period where you are investing a lot of your physical energy into giving the wood dimension and form. I compare it to animation in some ways...you don't want your story to be cheap or too simple if your going to be putting so much artistry into your work. So, you do give it a lot of thought and time. And yes, it does make it harder to give your work to the world. You want to keep them all. lol


How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?
I started around 2006 or earlier. I sort of stumbled into it, actually. I really love Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas and thought, wow! There is a whole other world of magical realism! I love magical realism.

I also love the Day of the Dead. When I lived in Los Angeles, we were very lucky to have a strong connection to the Day of the Dead. I loved these cultural events as they are unique to what I celebrated in my family but am still very connected to these days. Who hasn't lost a loved one? It's this remembering of those who have left us, I find so poignant in Halloween and Day of the Dead art.

I also like how there is this overall acceptance of Women in Halloween art. For me, I see it as a celebration of Women who were often on the fringe of society and labeled a witch. I tend to see them as some of the first doctors/caretakers and hope I celebrate a little of this in my work. My work is often a gentler view of Halloween. :)


What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?
My greatest challenge is time. I have 3 children and a house full of pets and yes, time is very important. I carve time out by getting up early, limiting TV watching and have found it's getting easier as the children grow. Oddly, the children do help to keep me inspired. I probably wouldn't do as much art if I didn't have them in my life. They keep me balanced and focused.

Creatively, I find it challenging to get fresh ideas. This is why I have piles of books by artists and art I admire. Gustav Klimt, American Abstract Art collection, Beatrix Potter, etc. all of these, help me when I need inspiration. When I feel as though I'm tapped out, I reach for a book and within an hour, I feel as though I can start a new series of painting.


What do you like most about being a member of EHAG?
I enjoy the camaraderie and the support. The group has been great to push you in directions you wouldn't have thought of.  I like how they get you excited about doing something new in Halloween art.


What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?
I probably had 2 favorites. Wonder Woman and a Gypsy woman. Wonder Woman was a store bought plastic costume that was totally uncomfortable (imagine Halloween in Southern California...hot!). But I loved the mask and being someone who could save people and was a strong woman. The Gypsy woman was a favorite because my aunt put lipstick on me and my sister and this seemed so wow to me!


Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?
Besides trick or treating and watching "Nightmare before Christmas", I love decorating the house up. I usually have the fireplace covered in a little Halloween town theme with lights and all. I enjoy making a little magic happen in the house and outside. Since we are geared towards the little ones, candy is a big part of it all. I'm okay with that. lol


Where do you find your inspiration?
Besides films like Nightmare before Christmas or the books on Klimt, I like Edward Gory's style and Hayao Miyazaki. When I saw Princess Mononoke in 1999 or 2000, I was like what is this incredible world? I was hooked, heart and soul. Then, I saw Spirited Away and Kiki's Delivery service (not in that order) and each time, I'm blown away by the depth and imagination of Miyazaki. I find his work has a way of capturing those details people often rush by and this is what makes his work so strong to me.


What are your artistic plans for the future?
I have been working on a novel...it's illustrated (hence the time factor). I want to make this available on Amazon. My other goals are to send out more to magazines for submissions, get an art agent and keep creating. I would like to see my work in stores some day. :) I guess that's a common goal of artists, but it's worth aiming for.
I was recently accepted into a juried artshow. It is one of my abstract art pieces. This is the 3rd show I've had work accepted through the juried process.

I also have work shown at "A
rt 4 Gallery", in Hollidaysburg PA. They just opened their own on-line shop! I'm also selling my work at my Etsy shop and plan to keep adding new work there.

This year I will be doing my "Art Yard Sale". I usually talk about it on my art blog for the local newspaper. Basically, I set up some tables in my yard and sell art. :) It's a nice way to met people, share my art and website and hear what people have to say. We are aiming for the first weekend in August. Last year was great as my first time selling and doing my Art Sale. It helps having a very supportive husband/partner who encourages me.


"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you.
I am inspired by the Muppets and wanted to be a puppeteer. When I had my 7th birthday, my mom took us to see the Muppet Movie. I thought this was the best thing in the world. :) I wanted to make puppets (and have made quite a few) and if I could have connected to people who did this, I would be one right now. I love this art form and will always have a soft/fuzzy spot for puppet artists.


How do you balance your personal/professional life?
Often, I'll have the dining room table covered with paints and art supplies which makes eating dinner a challenge. I also have an art table in the dining room, which sort of helps. lol I have a studio in the basement, and have more tables set up with projects I'm in-progress on.

During the summer it's a little more difficult with the kids being under foot, however, they are used to finding paint brushes in the kitchen sink. Usually, it's not too chaotic...only when I'm planning to bring things to the gallery or having a show.


What shows if any will you be participating in this year/next year?
I will be participating in "Artists in our Midst" at SAMA (Southern Alleghany Art Museum) in September.

I will be having an Art Yard Sale on August 6th.

You can find my work at Art 4 Gallery in Hollidaysburg PA, www.art4gallery.com.

Emily Dimov-Gottshall's work is also available in/at Nutkins-nest (eBay id),


If you would like to contact Emily her email is emilyandjon@atlanticbb.net

Thursday, June 30, 2011

An Interview with Jennie Hepler of Prim Pumpkin Studio


Jennie Hepler is the imaginative artist behind the
Michigan based
Prim Pumpkin


How would you describe your work?
I create pumpkin art dolls with vintage lavish couture accents! Having had a love affair with clothing for many years, I can testify to the way a garment can make a person feel. When I was in high school I borrowed from my Grandma's closet. I put on her clothing and I felt like a lady. Her clothing was a costume for me; the girl who really didn't fit anywhere. Clothing can create our story and make us feel on the outside as fabulous as we do on the inside.

Just as we plan our costumes for Halloween, I outfit each art doll in her very own frockish delight. Something that makes her inner pumpkin fabulous side shine! Feminine, sweet, and Prim Pumpkin lovely. I specialize in pumpkins that choose to be costumed in romance.

My studio is called The Prim Pumpkin and this is where pumpkin magic takes hold. I create one of a kind art dolls -pumpkins with the flavor of Halloween, using wonderfully feminine themes and fabrics. My style is a mixture of French chic, primitive feminine and whimsical Halloween. I like to provoke thought with my pumpkins. How would a pumpkin lady dress if she were headed to the ball or if my pumpkins were invited to tea, or even on a Paris carousel? I take pride in the construction as well as the frilly nature of my art.


How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?
I have dabbled in Halloween art for about 5 years, but became serious about Halloween art dolls three years ago. I create every day.


What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?
Honestly, I think my greatest challenge is compartmentalizing the need to market my work and the work itself.


What do you like most about being a member of EHAG?
Ehag is wonderful because it is a group of seasoned Halloween artists who are willing to encourage and elevate each other.


What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?
As a child I remember being costumed as a gypsy! It was freeing and colorful. I have since dreamed of owning a gypsy wagon and watching the movie Chocolat exclusively. I remember mostly how amazing my classmates costumes were. I remember going to the rich neighborhoods for full -sized candy bars!


Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?
I have a fairly new little family and we just moved to a sweet, homey neighborhood. Traditions are in the make. Last year when we went out our little boy received more religious material than candy, so this year I think we will venture out, in search of the full sized candy bar!


Where do you find your inspiration?
I believe that people follow a creative path. No matter how crooked or bumpy your path, you keep brushing on this stone of creative passion until the day when you pick it up carry it like a jewel in your crown. I get inspired by music and art. I love discovering new artists and looking into their creative process.


What are your artistic plans for the future?
I am selling my work on eBay and Etsy this year. I am in two really wonderful groups PFATT and EHAG. I am working like crazy, creating one of a kind art and whatever flows from that, I am open to.


"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you.
Not many people know that in my last life I was a shopkeeper. I partnered with my dear Grandmother and we opened a shop, with our focus fluttering around the genre of vintage romance. I painted old furnishings, and anything that would remain still long enough, really. The painting was our bread and butter for some time. It was my first swim in the happy pool of being an artist and having people desire what I was creating.

I have always longed to create Halloween art and blend it with my passion for romance.


How do you balance your personal/professional life?
I work fulltime at an art center. When I arrive home, my studio is on the main living area, so life happens, friends come to visit and I create. We start dinner and while it cooks, I create. Creation happens often and daily. It’s a delicate balance, but one worth working at.


What shows if any will you be participating in this year/next year?

This year my artistic efforts will be taken to new heights as I design an plan our vintage wedding at a European style bed and breakfast. I am sewing tablescapes, creating mixed media topiaries, and outfitting my bridesmaids in vintage couture. Due to this huge undertaking, I am not participating in any shows this year, I have maintained a consistent steam of art dolls for eBay and I am selling though my blog and etsy. While I am not part of any shows, Joe and I will celebrate at Ghoultide Gathering as husband and wife.


Jennie’s work is also available at:


and on ebay.

I have a blog enabling me to communicate with collectors all over the world. I love giving updates about what I am creating. I market my work on Facebook and I am PFATT and EHAG seller on EBay. I have been published in Art Doll Quarterly, last year my work was featured on the cover as well a feature inside.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

EHAG Art Challange - "Familiar Friends"

Several times a year, the artists of EHAG respond to a group artistic "challenge", the purpose of which is not only to get the creative juices flowing, but to share many different takes on the same subject, or jumping off point. Participation is voluntary, and varies with each challenge, but I think you'll agree the finished pieces are always fun!

We'll be updating this post as creations are shared, listed on eBay or Etsy, or offered on the individual artist's blogs. We'll be sharing our work here all week, and the listings beyond that. Please check back to see what "Familiar Friends" our artists have conjured up for this challenge!

The first challenge piece is a whimsical Black Cat Egg Cup from EHAG artist Johanna Parker...

Click here to visit the auction.

And here's a magical watercolor from Celia of Oberon's Wood...

Not sure where and this will be up for sale just yet, but you can contact Celia via her blog. :)

Carolee Clark, of King of Mice Studios painted this mystical jewelry or tarot card chest...

Click here to visit the eBay auction.

Here's a wonderful, primitive black cat art doll by Lori Brechlin of Not Forgotten Farm...

"Mr Jasper Binx" is now up for grabs on eBay. Click here to visit the auction.

Nancy Malay of Victorian Whimsies created this magical mixed media piece...

It's currently being offered on Nancy's sales blog.

The next EHAG creation is this beautiful watercolor by Iva Wilcox...

Click here to check out the eBay auction.

This fun pair of "Familiar Bats" are from Eleanor Burian-Mohr, the Cornerstore Goddess...

Find them in her eBay shop.

This acrylic painting on canvas is from artist Becky Federico...

"Familiar" is now us for grabs on eBay. Click here for the auction.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

EHAG Challenge ~ Goblins & Ghosties!


Please join the Artists of EHAG in their first spooktacular challenge of the year!

Starting today and continuing through March 18, expect to experience a variety of one of a kind Halloween creations in this ghost and goblin theme! Our artists will be selling their EHAG Challenge creations on various sites, including eBay, Etsy and perhaps their personal blogs and websites. Here, our EHAGart Blog is your source to view these whimsical creations and then navigate on to where you can learn more about each piece and the artist who created it!

We will be updating THIS post with the latest Ghosties and Goblins that are being offered as soon as they become available to you! So, please check back often for a variety of EHAG eye-candy and make sure to click on their corresponding links to see where these spooky works of art are being offered.

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~ Original Green Goblin Ghost Postcard ~
by
Chris Klingler

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~Goblin Fruit~
by
Chandra's Box of Stars

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~ About the Cauldron ~
by
King of Mice Studios

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~Ghostie Boo~
by
Johanna Parker Design

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~Vintage Style Halloween Ghost~
by
HoHoHalloween

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~Goblin Dancers~
by
Leah's Art Magic

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~Beatrix the Banshee~
by
Fiddlestix Studios

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~Gwallter the Goblin~
by
Possible Impossibilities

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~Betty BOOp Hang Tag/Ornie~
by
Vintage Palette

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~Fantôme de Citrouille~
by
The Prim Pumpkin

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~The Ghost of Nell~
by
Dianie Mac Designs

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~Ghostly Grace~
by
Enchanted Productions

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~Hop Goblin Harriet~
by
Grimitives Originals

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~Harry the Greeter Ghost~
by
Cornerstoregoddess

~Elwin the Goblin~
by
Cornerstoregoddess