Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Hallowbaloo...

We're finally back from exhibiting at the Hallowbaloo in Washington! It was a long journey's drive across beautiful mountains and valleys, but we made it to and fro, thanks to JP and his mastery behind the steering wheel! THANKS to ALL my dear collector friends who made their own trek out to see us and adopt some special Halloween folk art characters. It was a pleasure to see you! It was also a treat to reconnect with fellow Halloween artist friends and meet others that I had only chatted with online. Big Hugs to the guys that wove the big Hallowbaloo web and created a memorable day for both artists and collectors alike! And, another big thanks to my parents for hosting us at their lovely home and for letting me borrow all those cool antique props! There's no way we could have stuffed all that into our VW beetle! hehe! As shows are always such a frenzy from A to Z, I did what I could to document the event from behind the camera. Below is a small collection of images along with a couple of photo collages that offer a glimpse of the Halloween magic at the Hallowbaloo. ENJOY....

(And don't forget.... I'll be exhibiting at the 10th Annual Halloween Trunk Show in Denver on October 10th! I hope to see you there!)


* That's me smiling big before the start of the show!


* A trio of jacks with overhead bats topped off my mom's cupcake stand. These guys were popular, and fortunately I made a few more for the Denver show! (I still need to paint them!!)


* More of my Halloween originals were displayed in rustic antique cubbies...


* BOO! An original ball ghost character and other sweet friends awaited collectors...


* An arrangement of my pressed paper illustrated owl ornaments were popular at the show! I made a few more for the Denver show too...


* Here's another peek at my Halloween folk art originals, perched and waiting to meet and greet!


* That's me and mom all decked out for Halloween! She was truly donning the orange and black from head to toe! After all, she's my Halloween Mommy as I was born on October 31st!


* JP sneaks a peek from behind the spooky window!


* More Halloween characters brought smiles and delight!


* Here's one of two collages, depicting fellow Halloween artists and their creations... I sure hope I captured everyone!


* And this second collage captures more of the enchanting creations...


* Lastly, here's a peek from Friday night after we set-up! Mom & Dad, living just minutes away, came to help!



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Monday, September 7, 2015

Hallowbaloo Peek-a-BOO...

My oh My! My last blog post was 3 months ago! I guess it's about time I popped in for an update. It's evident that scheduling 2 Halloween art shows this year has kept me rather busy!! I think I spent my whole summer, crafting in the workshop! Now that September is here, the Hallowbaloo Show in Redmond, Washington is just around the corner.... I have been adding the final touches to this special collection and photographing them as I go. Although I have a few more to finish up, I thought I'd share a sneak peek-a-boo at some of these unique guys. I am taking over 30 one of a kind Halloween folk art sculptures as well as some handmade ornaments featuring my pressed paper illustrated designs. With my parent's house so close to the show, I will have my pick of some of mom's antique treasures to help prop my table and add interest to my display! (Thanks Mom!) So for now, I am focused on completing this collection and preparing for the journey. I look forward to seeing old friends, meeting online friends (finally in person) and making new friends too! See you soon!!!

For now, ENJOY this PEEK-a-BOO....


*  A sweet cat plays Peek-a-Boo, peering out of a pumpkin jack...


* A quartet of Jacks are topped with illustrated paper bats...


* A pair of Halloween hued bulldogs promise not to bite....


* Spooky fun egg cup characters raise their arms in Halloween glee...


* Bees can Bee for Halloween too!


* An autumn hued owl strikes a perched pose for Halloween...


* We've got a few sitters, just sittin' around!


* This Halloween carnival cat can balance!


* A jack-o'-lantern's container base is painted with a jolly melon man & face...


* Oh Bats!


* Two black cats grin with illustrated hats. "Happy Frank" in the foreground is my first "Folk Lantern!" I had visions of making an entire family of these folk lantern characters. But, after realizing how much time it took to create this concept, I only made two. An owl folk lantern counterpart will be headed to Denver's Halloween Trunk Show in October. (He still needs paint!) WISH me LUCK!

I hope to see you at one of my Halloween Shows this season!

Happy Haunting,
~ Johanna


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Glowing Giveaway!!!

Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce that I have a NEW Halloween & Holiday illustrated candle line hand-crafted by Aunt Sadie's Candles in Vermont! And, in celebration of this fun collaboration, I am hosting a double GIVEAWAY! To Enter to WIN, simply answer a question and leave your feedback via the comments section here on my Blog! I am also giving away another illustrated Halloween candle to the folks that follow along and leave their feedback on my Facebook Page. You are invited to enter both giveaways. If you wish, you can  EMAIL me as an alternative, and I will post your comment for you.


THANK YOU ALL so very much for sharing your feedback
 and playing along! It's been a JOY to read your comments,
 both here and on Facebook, and I am inspired to create new designs
 and products based off of your wishes. 

For the BLOG portion of this Giveaway, we now have a WINNER! 
**** Ms Peppercorn it is!****

(Ms Peppercorn, please EMAIL ME your shipping address)

To ENTER, simply answer the following question in the comments section below:

"What other fun Halloween products
 or characters would you like
 to see me develop & create?"

(Click on the "comment" link at the base of this post
 to leave your feedback & enter to win)

That's easy enough! I'd love to read your replies, and I will be randomly choosing a winner from the comment entries on each site. So, that means 2 winners! And, winners will be drawn on Monday, June 15th!


These whimsical candles are hand-poured by artisan candle-makers at Aunt Sadie's historic farm in Lunenberg,Vermont. An 1865 farmhouse and old horse barn are the country headquarters for this family-run, small-town business. Each tin candle from my collection includes a clear lid and is adorned with a Johanna Parker illustrated wrap. They make unique, fun and functionional gifts to friends and family and to yourself!

I am thrilled to be part of the team, and I am excited for you to see my designs GLOW! 

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Johanna Parker Aunt Sadie's Candles for Halloween

Above is a peek at Aunt Sadie's promotional postcard for my Halloween Collection!

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