Wednesday, September 29, 2010

An Interview with Suzanne Urban of Suzanne Urban Designs



Suzanne Urban is the imaginative artist behind the
Connecticut - based
Suzanne Urban Designs.

Her unique work can be found on eBay under the
eBay ID : suzanne.artist


How would you describe your work? Neo-folk art in style, I mix my knowledge of drawing with simpler designy shapes so I can communicate more to my viewers.

How long have you been creating Halloween themed art? Gosh, since I've been a member of EHAG from it's very inception-how many years is that? 4?


What do you consider your greatest creative challenge? Drawing new images I haven't flexed my artistic muscles to draw.


What do you like most about being a member of EHAG? The enthusiasm the other artists have for the Halloween Holiday.


What was your favorite childhood costume, and why? This is a toss up, my ballerina costume, and then being a Troll with troll mask when I was ten.

Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions? No, but I do string orange and purple lights on our deck outside every Halloween season.


Where do you find your inspiration? I love children's illustration and even illustrated a book myself, so I study a lot of the work coming out in this field today, I hope to get back to the field in the future.

What are your artistic plans for the future? To do more shows and build up my button and magnet business featuring my talent as a copywriter.


"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you. Years ago when I was verily out of school- I was commissioned by a playwright to do a caricature of Liza Minelli when she was on Broadway. The playwright was a friend of hers.


How do you balance your personal/professional life? I'm still learning how to do this.


What shows if any will you be participating in this year? I will be doing a local Farmers Market here in CT that features local art and produce goods and hope to get into the Brooklyn Flea with my husband, would like to do more shows of this nature in NYC. And I'm participating in an online marketplace featuring Halloween among other holiday-theme art.


See more of Suzanne's work at the following website:


ETSY STORE ID: suzanneartist


Her Halloween themed work can also be found on eBay by using the acronym "EHAG" in your eBay searches.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Interview with Amelia Schaefer of Sweet B Folk Art...


Amelia Schaefer is the imaginative artist behind the
Arizona - based
Sweet B Folk Art.

Her unique work can be found on eBay under the
eBay ID : Sweet*b*


How would you describe your work?
I like to think of my work as "Seasonal Folk art with a Sweet Candy Twist."

How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?
Technically, since I was about 5... but seriously, at least for the last 6 years.


What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?

Experimenting with new mediums, I tend to stick to what I know and love, and need to push myself to try some of the new products that are available.

What do you like most about being a member of EHAG? 
I really enjoy the boundless creativity of the membership, and the high standards of workmanship that I see in EHAG pieces. It is very motivating to be part of such a great group of talented artists.


What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?

A cheap, plastic Cinderella costume (Longs Drugstore special), complete with the cheesy plastic mask. My mom wouldn't buy it for me because we were visiting with my Grandma at the time, and she had already made me a costume. Although I didn't actually wear it, I would consider it my favorite because I still think about it to this day. I think it was the neon pink packaging that sold me.


Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?

Can eating as much candy as you can till you get sick be considered a tradition?

Where do you find your inspiration?

So much of my inspiration comes from my obsessive love for candy. I collect vintage candy and dessert cookbooks for inspiration, but I also find inspiration when I just let my mind wander where it will.


What are your artistic plans for the future?

So many ideas, so little time... Eventually I would like to open an Etsy store, and I have several ideas for books. In the short term, however, I plan to bring back the Sweet B Folk Art Candy Challenge to my blog.

"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you.

I only have one filling!


How do you balance your personal/professional life?

Like a Ringling Barnem and Bailey juggler!

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

I am honored to be participating in the Halloween and Vine show in Petaluma California, and also in the Spookytime Jingle Soiree in New Jersey.


See more of Amelia's work at the following website:


Her Halloween themed work can also be found on eBay by using the acronym "EHAG" in your eBay searches.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We have a WINNER!


A BIG THANKS goes out to ALL the talented kids that entered EHAG's 1st Annual Next Generation Contest! The artist members of EHAG made up the jury, and honestly, it was a very difficult decision to make with all the wonderful entries we received. In the end, there was one very unique entry that won the most votes. We can tell that this young artist has a clever eye for design, and we look forward to seeing where she takes that talent in the future.

A BIG EHAG round of applause goes to Tiffany, our Winner!


Tiffany's "Meoween," a whimsical marker drawing, blends the colors and icons of Halloween in a bold graphic statement. We loved her stylized imagery, flowing lines and patterns. What fun and how very unique! CONGRATS!

~ Tiffany, age 13 ~ "Meoween" ~

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We also have 2 Honorable Mentions that came in at a close 2nd and 3rd....

Iliana's "Percy, the Pumpkin Crow" was also a big hit with our jury! She used polymer clay, lots of creativity and a touch of magic to make this guy come to life!

~ Iliana, age 10 ~ "Percy, the Pumpkin Crow" ~

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And, Halsey's "Spooked" also turned our heads! Halsey's use of colored pencil, talent and whit made us smile! What a great sense of humor and skill....

~ Halsey, age 13 ~ "Spooked" ~

Thank you again to ALL of our entrants! Your artistic entries dazzled us, and we appreciate you sharing your works of art with EHAG. We only wish we could offer a prize to each and every one of you! We hope we inspired you, and until next year, keep on creating and celebrating the whimsy of Halloween through your art year-round! CHEERS to YOU!

~ The Artists of EHAG