Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Tease Before Showtime...

Well, I have officially hit the frenzy season! My workshop has been a creative chaos of vintage-hued orange and black characters. Shipments of my licensed designs have been arriving in troves, so I spent the last few days signing various pieces, pricing each and safely packing them in preparation for Denver's 7th Annual Halloween Trunk Show! Amongst all the fun, this year's offerings will include my special, limited edition "Black Cat on Hat" pictured below. I was able to get a hold of 10 of these guys as only 80 were reproduced by Bethany Lowe Designs. It appears they never went public, so they are rare and a fun, signed-&-numbered catch! So, with that behind me, I am intensely focused on adding the final touches to my 2012 collection of Halloween folk art originals. I pour so much time and attention and detail into each piece that it will be a race against the clock to complete and of course, photograph each piece before my shows. Then, I have to sort them into two groups, some of which will debut at the Trunk Show while the others will be on display and available at The Ghoultide Gathering one week later! As usual, please wish me luck!

I snapped a few close-ups today of just some of the faces that have been staring back at me for weeks and weeks it seems. I look forward to finishing them as soon as possible so that I can share them with you!  Enjoy, and I hope to see you soon....

Limited-Edition-Cat-on-Hat

* Above, is a peek at my "Cat on Hat" limited licensed edition of only 80 pieces... These were produced in factory from an illustration of mine. It is fun to see one of my drawings intended for notepaper, take on 3-dimension! (I will have these available at Denver's Halloween Trunk Show)

WIP-Owls-&-Mice

* A trio of Halloween friends now have their crepe paper bow ties, but still await their glass glittered brims...

WIP-Halloween-Sitters

* A few one of a kind shelf sitters line up for final trimmings...

WIP-Halloween-Birds

* A collection of spooky birds have just received their party hats, and now I must paint their brims to complete their festive look!

WIP-Bats-&-Friends

* A sweet series of bats await a little more paint and last minute accessorizing...

I feel like I'm a fashion designer for the imaginary world of folk art characters that live in my head! Now, if I just had time to figure something festive and fun for ME to wear to this year's shows..... I'm not even there yet...eek!

Well, that's all for now! I know it's just a tease, but it's all I have time for..... If you want to see more, then please join me at one of my upcoming shows!!!

Happy Haunting,
~ Johanna


8 comments:

Elma said...

Just amazing!! I love them and wish I could get one:)

amber said...

Ooh what a tease indeed!! Fingers crossed ;-)

Birgit said...

Good luck for all the upcoming shows, Johanna. Once again I wish I lived a wee bit closer...

Sassy said...

Soooooo AWESOME! I wish you were in Arizona ........

Janet K said...

Just Fantastic!
I am bummed I will be out of town for the Denver trunk show. Hope it all goes great!

Mandy BlackCatPratt said...

I can't go to the Denver show - will your sweet little black cats on hats be available to purchase elsewhere?
-Mandy BlackCat Pratt

Melissa Kojima said...

Ah, thanks for the peek. I love them all. Wishing you much success. Good luck finding a great outfit to wear to the shows! I'm sure you will!

Johanna Parker said...

Hey all ~ thanks for the positive comments on my sneak peek :) I am STILL working on these characters, and have several more days of work before I can turn the page....... sigh

Mandy ~ I will only have the black cats on hats at the Trunk Show, so if you happen to have a friend or family member that lives in the Denver area, send them on over to shop for you :) I wish I had more to offer, but I only have 10 of them... Thanks for asking...

Cheers,
~ Johanna