Happy Halloween! Drawlloween Pieces Released!

It’s my favorite day of the year- Halloween! Happy Halloween, witches and ghouls! Since it’s the most spooky time of the year, my treat to you is….I’m officially releasing all the pieces completed for the Mab Graves Drawlloween challenge! This year has been nuts, so I chose to do 1 challenge per week rather than the daily challenge. The “vampire” piece has a special place in my heart. Halloween 2020 is the 20th band anniversary of the Dresden Dolls. Those of you who know me in person know my love of this band runs deep. One of their albums gave me strength during an abusive partnership. My love for them is such that I have one of their logos tattooed on my wrist. In short, the vampire piece in this challenge is also a love letter to this strange, magical, wonderful band.

Top Left:
Prompt: “Cryptid”
Title: Mugwump of Lake Timiskaming
Medium: Graphite pencil


Top Right:
Prompt: “Werewolf”
Title: Graveyard Transformation
Medium: Acrylic on birch wood


Bottom Left:
Prompt: “Frankenstein”
Title: The Bride
Medium: Graphite pencil


Bottom Right:
Prompt: “Vampire”
Title: Half Jack
Medium: Graphite pencil, colored pencil

Class: Drink & Draw- Halloween Acrylic Painting

I love all things Halloween. So of course, one of the art programs I created at my library was an October painting class. Drink & Draw: Halloween Acrylic Painting riffs on the popular paint nite events. I do it a little differently, though. I served seasonal local wine and soda at this session. This is a public library event, so it’s important to be able to encompass ALL skill levels. Seriously. Some people say this, but there are people who have never painted a day in their lives that may show up. (In fact, I had a previous attendee of another class who was so intimidated by painting that they even ditched elementary school art projects. They quite literally never painted before!) Because of this, I feel picking one project and telling people how to do it point by point can be disadvantageous for a group with varied skill levels. I had a demo that I painted, but also printed out some inspiration images for attendees to draw from. I provided everyone with various brushes, student grade acrylic paint, and 9×11″ canvases.  Everyone had a great time! Below is a slideshow of what we created in the class.

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