Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I often have this tendency to stamp a logo on something and turn it into a series! My days in TV news graphics left a few impressions here and there I believe ~ hehe... Well, I am starting a new feature here on my blog called "Art-Affect." Sometimes my art can inspire an artistic affect in the imaginations of others. Clearly this happened to Marsha Gruberman, a secret admirer of sorts! Last fall, she surprised with me a collection of photos that made me smile. Well, let's take a look at the first image:

Immediately, I recognized a very familiar face in her photo! On a creative whim, she carved a pumpkin into a cat, much inspired by the expressive black cat characters I create. This was her note:
"My name is Marsha. I've admired your beautiful Halloween folk art figurines, and they inspired me to carve a cat pumpkin this year. I wanted to share some of my photos of it - I hope you like it. You're work is absolutely beautiful!"

Well, thank you for sharing Marsha! Your cat pumpkin is adorable, and by the way, YOU are too! Notice Marsha's faux fur ears, cuffs, trims and her Johanna Parker Design Black Cat Tee!


Marsha explains that she had an unexpected ice & snow storm during that week in October when she was carving her annual pumpkin. "I did it with no power in the house and photographed it outside where snow lay on the ground with my Siberian Husky looking on in the background! LOL. I have had a passion for drawing, painting and photography for many years - so with each Fall I look forward to decorating my home for Halloween, and I try to make a unique jack-o-lantern. Last year (2011) your beautiful art work inspired me to do the cat pumpkin!"


Well Marsha, you did an amazing job carving this fun character by candlelight! What a fun story!


It is always a joy to see that my folk art can create an Art-Affect on others. Marsha, is clearly talented, and it is fun to see her pumpkin-based rendition of a Johanna Parker black cat! I find myself so busy sculpting my papier mache that it is difficult to find the time to carve a pumpkin ~ I know, the irony right?! So, it was indeed exciting to see how one of my black cats would take shape in this seasonal medium...

If you have a project that you would like me to consider for an upcoming Art Affect feature, please EMAIL ME with your photos. I am looking for clever ways that my work has inspired others. Copycat work is not acceptable, but those of you that have added your own unique twist to a personal project, inspired from my designs, are welcome to submit.

Happy Creating!
~ Johanna


Mary-Anne said...


Leslie A. Hawkins said...

That is amazing, I love the look and may try it on one of those funkins.

Deborah Adams said...

Very Cool! :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Johanna for sharing Marsha's great carved cat. She did a fabulous job. It is really cute.


Johanna Parker said...

You are all welcome! Marsha's completed project photos were such a treat to see that I thought it would make a fun series. We'll see if others will join in.....

I'm glad you all are enjoying her images....

Happy Haunting,
~ Johanna

Melissa Kojima said...

I love Marsha's cat pumpkin inspired by your art! How wonderful to feature her and to make this into a regular part of your blog. I can't wait to see what else you've inspired others to create. That's the great thing about art!

Jenn said...

I absolute love the carved pumpkin cat! It's so clever :) Ideas, Ideas!